Hawaiian academics are utilizing (alter)native sources to contribute and create a Hawaiian historiography. What is the potential of these resources for forwarding Hawaiian art history and history?
Eighteenth and nineteenth-century Hawaiian material culture are scattered across the world, often with provenances that include little information about the object's use and value in the society that which it was sourced from. In a time of Native source abundance and reclamation of Indigenous language archives, researchers are working to expand current understandings of the Hawaiian past. How does the availability of first-person accounts by Hawaiians affect and contribute to the current historiography on the Hawaiian history, art history, and visual culture? How can traditional and empirical Hawaiian knowledge challenge the current standards for adequate provenance of material culture? Panelists will discuss how they are utilizing textual (newspaper articles, songs, chants, laws) in solving art historical questions, as well as their methodologies and their current challenges with their respective research.