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Stranger to the Islands: voice, place and the self in Indigenous Studies

Reilly, Michael P J (2009) Stranger to the Islands: voice, place and the self in Indigenous Studies. In: Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 30 April 2009, Dunedin.

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This lecture presents the views of someone anthropologists call a participant-observer, and Māori characterise as a Pākehā, a manuhiri (guest, visitor), or a tangata kē (stranger); the latter two terms contrast with the permanence of the indigenous people, the tangata whenua (people of the land). All of us in this auditorium affiliate to one of these two categories, tangata kē and tangata whenua; sometimes to both. We are all inheritors of a particular history of British colonisation that unfolded within these lands from the 1800s (a legacy that Hone Tuwhare describes as ‘Victoriana-Missionary fog hiding legalized land-rape / and gentlemen thugs’). This legalized violation undermined the hospitality and respect assumed between tangata whenua and tangata kē. Thanks to the Pākehā New Zealand passion for empire this colonial history extended to neighbouring islands, including the Cook Islands, Sāmoa, Niue and the Tokelau Islands. I hope what I will say supports a scholarship which is the work of both strangers and the people of this land; one (to adapt Anne Salmond’s vision) ‘that celebrates both our common humanity and our cultural differences, drawing strength from one without detracting from the other.’

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Tangata kē, tangata whenua, manu`iri, tangata `enua, strangers, people of the land, hospitality, respect, colonisation, land, voice, place, authority of self, Indigenous Studies, Māori Studies, Pacific Studies, Māori language, proverbs, Mangaia, Cook islands, oral arts, Te Kapunga Dewes, Wiremu Parker, Neil Grove, Hirini Moko Mead, Maori Marsden, Greg Dening, Konai Helu Thaman, Vilsoni Hereniko, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Papa-tūā-nuku, Rangi-nui, David Gegeo, Michael King, Anne Salmond, Ann Parsonson, Judith Binney, James K. Baxter, Haunani-Kay Trask, Te Rangikāheke, George Grey, William Wyatt Gill, Mamae, Mōkē, Matatia, Christianity, taonga, Epeli Hau`ofa, Robert Sullivan, Michael Reilly, Professor Michael Reilly, Te Tumu, University of Otago
Publication Types:Conference or Workshop Item
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
ID Code:79
Deposited By:Karyn Paringatai
Deposited On:26 June 2009

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