The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections will host a walk-through and talk story with Joy Enomoto this Wednesday, 3/18, from 3-4 p.m. in the H&P reading room. Nautilus the Protector, a series of woodblock prints by Enomoto, is currently on exhibit in the H&P reading room. For more information, please click on the image at right.
The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are currently exhibiting a sculpture titled"snitch," by Aotearoa-based artist Brett Graham. The sculpture is on loan from the UH Art Gallery, which provided the below description:
foam, tar, feathers
Different manifestations of binding can involve alienation, appropriation and misappropriation that may result in an integration of sorts. But even when relevant facts are known, integration with a partial or total disconnect can also occur.
As a character, Stitch has an alien origin—that is, alien to Earth. The creators of the animation film Lilo and Stitch originally intended the narrative to be set in Kansas. But the plot was shifted to Hawai‘i where a Hawaiian family adopts Stitch. The family was portrayed as dysfunctional and impoverished by a failing American economy. The long-standing reasons for these conditions—the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, colonization, and annexation of the islands by the United States that were definite negative repercussions of a forced binding of two societies—are never mentioned in the Lilo and Stitch narrative. Once these factors are taken into consideration, though, Stitch can be viewed as emblematic of them.
Grahamrecently completed a residency on the East Coast of the United States and was intrigued by the practice of the American revolutionaries, who tarred and feathered their traitors—those who remained loyal to Britain. He writes, “although the United States was founded on ‘liberty’ and ‘independence,’ it does not recognize Hawaii’s own claim to self-determination. Although Stitch has been ‘adopted’ by a Hawaiian family, he essentially remains an outsider, an alien to their cause.”
The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are proud to exhibit Nautilus the Protector, a collection of woodcut prints by Joy Enomoto. The series will be only display through mid-April. Joy's artist statement is below.
Joy Enomoto is a UH Mānoa BFA alumni whose work is concerned with decolonizing geography, plantation genealogies and the salt water conversations that occur within the space of the diaspora. She explores the idea of creating and holding onto our own cartographies in a world of rising sea levels and the ongoing destruction of the seabed and ancestral homelands.
The Nautilus the Protector series is a response work to a poem by the same name, written by Lyz Soto. Nautilus Minerals Mining Company, based in Canada, has recently received a license to begin deep sea mining in the Bismarck Sea off the coast of Papua New Guinea, seeking minerals found on the seabed growing near the hydrothermal vents. To break the foundation of the earth and to threaten those creatures, such as the nautilus that are 2 million years older than the dinosaurs, reveals the continued hubris and naiveté of the western world for the sake of making more microchips for cell phones. This work is in support of those natives of Papua New Guinea who have been fighting this idea since its inception and who seek to protect the origin of all life. The Pacific faces the fastest and most devastating threats from human induced climate change. We must ask ourselves, if we drill a hole through our beginnings, where will we be in the end?
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the Pacific Islands offers a $15,000 stipend and tuition assistance for graduate recipients as well as $5,000 for undergraduates. The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 FLAS fellowship was recently extended to February 15, 2015. For more information, click on the flyer at right.
The University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa Library recently coordinated the purchase of a subscription to Ethnographic Video Online,which provides faculty, staff and students throughout the UH system with online access to over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, feature films and previously unpublished fieldwork. The collection includes the work of a number of UH faculty members, as well as several highly regarded Hawai'i- and Pacific-based filmmakers, including (among many others) Vilsoni Hereniko, Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Tom Coffman, Stephanie J. Castillo, Peter Rockford Espiritu, Puhipau, Wendy Arbeit. In addition to searching out specific titles, users can browse in a variety of ways, including by Cultural Group, Places Discussed, and People Discussed. The purchase of this collection was made possible in part by a generous donation from Eddie and Myrna Kamae’s Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. Special thanks also go to Kris Anderson, who recently left UH-M Library for a position as director of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Library: Kris was responsible for working with all of the system libraries in coordinating the purchase. UH-Mānoa faculty, students and staff can access Ethnographic Video Online from this link: http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=58192 For access from other system libraries, contact your campus library.
The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are located on the fifth floor of Hamilton Library, on the campus of University of Hawaii-Manoa. For general questions about either collection, contact: email@example.com This blog began publishing on Oct. 30, 2009, and is edited by Pacific specialist librarian Stu Dawrs. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org