Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans by Wendy S. Arbeit

By Wendy S. Arbeit

Winner of the 2012 Ka Palapala Po'okela Award for Excellence in textual content or Reference and the Honorable point out for Excellence in detailed Interest.


The paintings of Hawaiian artisans on the time of Western touch was once woven seamlessly into their daily lives and culture--the information of that are now misplaced. even if we will be able to now not understand the gadgets left to us with an identical intensity of realizing as early Hawaiians, we will be able to delight in their aesthetic traits and the ability utilized in their building, really while quite a few items of a similar style are seen jointly.

Links to the Past makes this attainable via reuniting greater than 1000 eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Hawaiian artifacts from over seventy associations and collections around the world. The booklet is split into twenty-one sections (wooden bowls, gourds, stone vessels, etc.), every one brought with colour photos, costs from modern resources, and short old and technical details. those are by means of dozens of line drawings (more than 1,400 in all) in keeping with genuine artifacts or images and attracted to scale inside of every one item class. jointly they help and increase studying approximately item shapes, styles, sizes, and, often times, switch over the years. exact and distinctive illustrations reproduce gourd, basket, and mat patterns--now pale and nearly invisible at the gadgets themselves--as sincerely and vibrantly as once they have been first created.

Links to the Past is exclusive in bringing jointly hundreds of thousands of conventional Hawaiian items in a single ebook. in terms of lovers, helmets, and patterned water gourds, nearly each identified artifact is represented. various items awarded right here have infrequently or by no means been obvious in print. The e-book will end up worthy to these occupied with the examine and construction of Pacific paintings and visible tradition and readers attracted to early cultural alternate and trend and layout between indigenous cultures.

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In Links to the Past, Wendy Arbeit makes an incredible contribution to the examine, and appreciation, of Hawaiian fabric tradition. The interval lined, from James prepare dinner s arrival in 1778 to later eu and American voyages into the 1830s, establishes a severe base-line for documenting the adjustments in fabric tradition caused by way of Western intervention, and Hawaiian reactions to these intrusions. This publication is certainly the main entire compilation of Hawaiian layout to be had and is going far towards addressing the restrictions of normal works that supply just one or attribute items of a given style. as a substitute, Arbeit offers quite a few examples of every artifact kind, giving a extra whole view of the variety and version of Hawaiian creativity. Roger G. Rose, Bishop Museum


frequently ethnographic items of day-by-day use were relegated to the extent of crafts, taken care of as technical curiosities and never visible as items of daring mind's eye and satisfaction. In early touch Hawai i there has been a rare variety of practical goods of very prime quality that the literature has mostly taken care of in a really slender descriptive demeanour. hyperlinks to the prior is going some distance to treatment that scenario via supplying either a historic and ethnographical context whereas highlighting the $64000 aesthetic function that such goods had and nonetheless express in Hawaiian society. Jerome Feldman, Hawai i Pacific college

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Still others became ocarinas, rattles, hula drums, or containers for lei, fish line, and tapa. A pair of large - o) - from a burden pole gourds — one containing food, the other clothing, for example — suspended in nets (kok (‘auamo) served as luggage. Gourds were used in navigation, divination, and religious offerings. Because they were so highly prized, gourds needing repair were carefully mended with olona- as well as coconut fiber cord. Their cultural importance is also clear because of their frequent mention in prayers, sayings, legends, magic rites, and string figures.

Craftsmen used fine cordage prepared from coconut fiber and sometimes olona- to stitch and stabilize cracks. Any remaining slight imperfections were filled with breadfruit gum mixed with other substances then finished by rubbing with pumice until smooth. huini / kui l¯a‘au peg technique multiple huini pewa fishtailshaped wedge huini variations poho with huini kepa / kepakepa wedges set into notches cord repairs kiki — like kepa but larger ‘aha ‘aha maka Links to the Past compound repair rim repairs poho with huini poho (patch) with pewa 35 36 The gourds, which grow to so enormous a size that some of them are capable of containing from ten to twelve gallons, are applied to all manner of domestic purposes; and in order to fit them the better to their respective uses, they have the ingenuity to give them different forms, by tying bandages round them during their growth.

30cmH Vienna 176 42 Gourds Collected during Cook’s third voyage 26cmH Cuming TN3306 Similar gourds are in many collections. 299 44 Gourds Collected in 1804 on Krusenstern Expedition 31cmH Zurich 02316 35cmH Munich 151 45 Links to the Past ~26cmH unknown (image from BPBM Ethnophoto file) 1803 33cmH 63cmC PE E5343 46 Gourds Believed collected on Cook’s third voyage. 1548 (2 views) Links to the Past Incised outlines visible.

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