According to Hawaiian scholar, poet, and nationalist Haunani-Kay Trask, the settler population resides in Hawai‘i without understanding the islands’ colonial history and, in particular, the oppression of the indigenous population and the expropriation of indigenous land.1 Not knowing this ‘other’ history is a way for settlers to maintain their innocence while asserting ‘imperialist privilege’ and hiding behind ‘American ignorance’ (Trask 1996, p. 912). This chapter is about searching for references to this other settler colonial history in the spaces of museums and art galleries in Hawai‘i.
- Indigenous People
- Colonial History
- Settler Population
- Bishop Museum
- Settler Colonialism
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Kosasa, K. (2011). Searching for the ‘C’ Word: Museums, Art Galleries, and Settler Colonialism in Hawai‘i. In: Bateman, F., Pilkington, L. (eds) Studies in Settler Colonialism. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230306288_11
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