Seminar At CSAFE: Center for Sustainability, Agriculture, Food, Energy & Environment (University of Otago, Dunedin, Aotearoa) [August 1, 2013]
An academic's life includes presenting research at home and abroad. As a visiting researcher from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) Botany Department, and potential student to be hosted at the University of Otago (UO) Center for Sustainability, Agriculture, Food, Energy & Environment (CSAFE), it is only proper to share who I am, where I come from and my interests (just as we would conduct ourselves in local communities). The only difference within academia is the presentation style can be classified as "formalized". Meaning standing at a podium or in front of a hui and sharing results of your experiences, in fact kind of reminds me of powhiri I have attended while in Aotearoa and being the only person in my party having to stand speak in my native language (as best as can) and sharing a song from my community.
Provided below is my academic "song". This presentation to UO CSAFE is an amalgamation of my Master's thesis research and future PhD endeavors I hope to delve into as a guest at UO CSAFE. Before continuing forward just wanted to thank my hosts for my time at UO CSAFE. It has been great personal and academic exchange. I look forward to my return in the near future. Ka pai.
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Patterns and Processes of Plant Gathering in Culturally Vibrant Communities of Hawai‘i, Aotearoa and Rēkohu
In all the presentation was forty minutes with questions following. Questions from the audience were great and those in attendance seemed enthused about the direction responses from local community could take conservation.
Questions included a range of:
1Q: Are Native Hawaiians keen to continuing use of native or Polynesian plants, inclusion of post contact European introductions as well as the uptake of more recent introductions?
1A: Yes. It all depends on how experiemental an individual is, how much engagement they have with other communities and their interest in perpetuating hand gathering and traditional food processes.
2Q: In regards to the "Breadbasket" vs "Imu o nui" slide, will you be taking into account political structures in your research.
2A: Yes. Government dictates where we all are able to wander so it would be of interest to me (as a researcher) and communities I work within to be conscious of these relationships. Within Aotearoa I do not understand, in many respects, the treaty of Waitangi but for what I do understand of the political constructs in Hawaii it has taken me a lifetime to get to where I am.
3Q: Have your heard of whakatauaki work being conducted in Aotearoa, could this work be of benefit to your research in Hawaii?
3A: Yes. I am will be working with the Maori whakatauaki researcher and yes research occurring in Aotearoa related to whakatauaki can be applied in Hawaii.
4Q: What is the level of Government incorporation of traditional knowledge into educational systems? What is the level of interest of the people to incorporate this knowledge?
4Q: There is little incorporation by Government to include local voices. But there are Native Hawaiian programs that are exclusively available for Native Hawaiians as well as open to all citizens. The important thing is the individual want/availability to incorporate traditional knowledge within their family or make it accessible to their children. In Hawaii we have kohanga reo known as punana leo. It's hard work, you don't just drop your kids off and pick them up. It is an involved community where parents have to come together to take care of the facilities, fundraiser for the next years school session, and many are young parents. Family support is critical.
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Mahalo nui! Tena koe!
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