Kaeppler, Adrienne Lois. Hawaiian art and society: traditions and transformations

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Hawaiian art and society: traditions and transformations

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Transformations of Polynesian culture, edited by Antony Hooper and Judith Huntsman

Published By: Original publisher Transformations of Polynesian culture, edited by Antony Hooper and Judith Huntsman Auckland, New Zealand: The Polynesian Society. 1985. 105-131 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Adrienne L. Kaeppler

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Hawaiians (OV05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Animal by-products (237); Special garments (292); Visual arts (5311);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Kaeppler examines changes in design of feathered cloaks ('AHU'ULA) worn by people of high rank and relates it to changing social relations in Hawaiian society. She identifies two transitional periods, at either end of Kamehameha I's reign. Cloaks were a symbol of genealogical prestige and conferred sacred protection during ceremonies and in battle, where their high collars did afford some real protection. The introduction of firearms made the cloaks obsolete as armor, however they continued to serve a ceremonial function. As chiefs became more powerful the tributary supply of feathers became more plentiful, resulting in chiefs giving away extra cloaks to lesser chiefs for status verification. The sacred color of red lost its preeminent symbolic status to yellow, a color of real political power, because yellow feathers were most rare and more difficult to obtain. Kaeppler also discusses the changes in ritual paraphernalia associated with the change in the principal god from Lono, the god of fertility, to Kuka'ilimoku, the god of war.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ov05-012

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 130-131)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document not specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1778-1823

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Hawai'i, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Hawaiians

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