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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 precise Interest.


The paintings of Hawaiian artisans on the time of Western touch used to be woven seamlessly into their daily lives and culture--the info of that are now misplaced. even if we will be able to now not understand the gadgets left to us with an analogous intensity of knowing as early Hawaiians, we will savor their aesthetic traits and the ability utilized in their development, quite while various items of an analogous sort are considered jointly.

Links to the Past makes this attainable by way of reuniting greater than one thousand eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Hawaiian artifacts from over seventy associations and collections around the world. The ebook is split into twenty-one sections (wooden bowls, gourds, stone vessels, etc.), each one brought with colour photos, fees from modern resources, and short old and technical info. those are by means of dozens of line drawings (more than 1,400 in all) according to real artifacts or images and interested in scale inside of each one item class. jointly they help and increase studying approximately item shapes, styles, sizes, and, occasionally, swap through the years. exact and special illustrations reproduce gourd, basket, and mat patterns--now pale and nearly invisible at the items themselves--as essentially and vibrantly as once they have been first created.

Links to the Past is exclusive in bringing jointly 1000s of conventional Hawaiian gadgets in a single book. on the subject of lovers, helmets, and patterned water gourds, virtually each identified artifact is represented. a number of items offered the following have not often or by no means been visible in print. The booklet will end up priceless to these fascinated about the learn and construction of Pacific paintings and visible tradition and readers attracted to early cultural trade and development and layout between indigenous cultures.

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In Links to the Past, Wendy Arbeit makes an enormous contribution to the research, and appreciation, of Hawaiian fabric tradition. The interval coated, from James cook dinner s arrival in 1778 to later eu and American voyages into the 1830s, establishes a severe base-line for documenting the alterations in fabric tradition caused by way of Western intervention, and Hawaiian reactions to these intrusions. This booklet is no doubt the main complete compilation of Hawaiian layout to be had and is going far towards addressing the constraints of normal works that provide just one or attribute items of a given sort. as an alternative, Arbeit provides various examples of every artifact sort, giving a extra whole view of the variety and edition of Hawaiian creativity. Roger G. Rose, Bishop Museum


usually ethnographic items of day-by-day use were relegated to the extent of crafts, taken care of as technical curiosities and never obvious as items of daring mind's eye and delight. In early touch Hawai i there has been a rare variety of sensible goods of very top of the range that the literature has principally handled in a truly slim descriptive demeanour. hyperlinks to the prior is going far to therapy that state of affairs through supplying either a historic and ethnographical context whereas highlighting the real aesthetic function that such goods had and nonetheless show in Hawaiian society. Jerome Feldman, Hawai i Pacific collage

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A kind of mask, made of a large gourd, with holes cut in it for the eyes and nose. The top was stuck full of small green twigs, which, at a distance, had the appearance of an elegant waving plume: and from the lower part hung narrow strips of cloth, resembling a beard. James King A young woman brought to her [Ka‘ahumanu, a widow of Kamehameha I] at intervals, a small vase made of the calebash, as a spitting-dish; it was half filled with flowers and covered with a handkerchief tied about it. Jacques Arago, artist (in Hawai‘i 1819) Links to the Past G OURDS 37 38 G ourds Gourds of various sizes and shapes were carved, cut, pierced, and shaped for specific purposes.

David Samwell, surgeon on Cook’s third voyage They stain their gourd-shells prettily with undulated lines, triangles, and other figures of a black colour. and they seem to possess the art of varnishing; for some of these stained gourd-shells are covered with a kind of lacker. James Cook They have likewise a method of scoring them with a heated instrument, so as to give them the appearance of being painted, in a variety of neat and elegant designs. a kind of mask, made of a large gourd, with holes cut in it for the eyes and nose.

The protrusions were used to wipe food from the fingers. Despite their unique design and the large number found in collections, it seems strange that nothing was written about them at the time of their use. The well-worn wiper reflects its repeated service. 5cmL After a drawing of Berlin VI 8655. According to Arning the larger hollow was used by the chief and the smaller by his next in rank. A similar bowl belonged to Kamehameha I. 3cmD private 33 Links to the Past Finger bowl, wash basin / ipu holoi lima Finger bowl with grit dish.

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