First Production Meeting for “Look to the Source”
Look to the Source: Intergenerational Talk Story with Pacific Islander Elders
Is a project that I am very excited and proud to be a part of. We had our first meeting with kupuna (elders) from the Native Hawaiian community. Talking story and getting to know one another and the scope of the project. We spoke with an amazing group of elders and there were also younger community partners who will get the chance to be trained in the process of ethnographic interviews.
The elders represented a broad cross section of traditional arts and cultural practices such as ho`i wa`a (canoe paddling), gardening, and ukulele playing. I also got to hear some stories about akua lele which are mysterious fireballs.
I am looking forward to our next pre-production meeting where we will be speaking with more community members from the Marshallese, Fijian, and Native Hawaiian hula communities.
The project is being developed in partnership with Project Director Juliet McMullin who is a specialist in Cultural and Medical Anthropology at UC Riverside and the Pacific Islander Health Partnership.
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