The UN & Indigenous Repatriation of Iwi Kūpuna & Moepū

October 15, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Room 101, KamakakÅ«okalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, 2645 Dole Street Add to Calendar

In July, Edward Halealoha Ayau testified in Geneva, Switzerland, before the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People. Along with a delegation of Native Americans, Ayau advocated for international repatriation of the cultural heritage of Indigenous people from institutions such as museums and universities. In his lecture, Ayau will discuss ongoing efforts at the UN and describe achievements in repatriation of Hawaiian and other Polynesian ancestors.

Ayau is former Executive Director of Hui Mālama I Nā Kūpuna O Hawaiʻi Nei, which has repatriated hundreds of iwi kūpuna and moepū from institutions in Hawaiʻi, the US, Canada, Australia and several European nations. He led the state Department of Land and Natural Resources' Burial Sites Program, and was a principal author of Act 306, which established Hawaiʻi's burial councils. He is currently Acting District Supervisor for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands on Molokaʻi.

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KamakakÅ«okalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Gladys Brandt Chair in Polynesian Studies, Mānoa Campus

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