Biographical Research Center

Interview with Puakea Nogelmeier 12/7/2001 tape 2

Interview with Puakea Nogelmeier, former student of Maʻiki Aiu Lake, recorded on December 7, 2001 for Biography Hawaiʻi: Maiki Aiu Lake. Topics include the "mystification" of some traditional Hawaiian cultural practices felt by practitioners from later generations, the synthesis of Hawaiian cultural practice and Western religious traditions, the definition of cultural authenticity and how Aiu Lake and her early kumu understood and practiced it, the notion of "change" in traditional culture, the relationship between chant and dance in hula, the tension between Western religion and hula in the modern times, the ramifications of the commercialization of hula beginning in the 1930s, potential ethical issues for modern Hawaiian cultural practitioners and the evolution and variation of ʻūniki ceremonies.

Languages: English


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