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ERIC Number: EJ720890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Contradictions and Celebrations: A Hawaiian Reflection on the Opening of the NMAI
Kauanui, J. Kehaulani
American Indian Quarterly, v29 n3-4 p496-504 Sum-Fall 2005
This personal narrative relates the author's conflict regarding whether or not to attend the celebration of the grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Being a pro-independence Native Hawaiian in Washington DC, where usually only state-sponsored Hawaiians speak about the political struggle for decolonization, the author struggled with ambivalence on many levels. Many Native Hawaiians had protested Hawaiians' inclusion in the Indigenous category, asserting their diplomatic history as an independent nation-state, and feeling that Hawaiian participation in the opening events automatically registered support for federal recognition. Prior to the museum opening, there were debates even among establishment Hawaiians who support federal recognition as to whether Hawaiians should be included in the museum's exhibitions and directives. After making the decision to attend the museum opening, and finding it a moving and emotional experience, it is the author's hope that, even with the paradox of Hawaiians' inclusion within the category of "Native American," the Hawaiian people will continue to learn about their respective histories and legal genealogies in order to build new alliances that span their differences. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii