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Lei are the very expression of traditional Hawaiian culture and were once an essential part of community and family life. Following in the footsteps of Samuel Kamakau, Abraham Fornander, and others, the authors have collected here a wealth of written… weiterlesen
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Titel: Na Lei Makamae: The Treasured Lei
Autor/en: Marie A. McDonald, Paul R. Weissich

ISBN: 0824826493
EAN: 9780824826499
Sprache: Englisch.
Fotos von Jean Cote
UNIV OF HAWAII PR

August 2003 - gebunden - 183 Seiten

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Lei are the very expression of traditional Hawaiian culture and were once an essential part of community and family life. Following in the footsteps of Samuel Kamakau, Abraham Fornander, and others, the authors have collected here a wealth of written and oral information to reveal the significance of making and wearing lei and their role in Hawaiian ritual and dance. This volume covers eighty-eight flowers and plants (and another dozen color variations) used in traditional lei construction. They are arranged according to their Hawaiian names and accompanied by botanical information and descriptions gleaned from legends and chants that illustrate the cultural uses and special meanings of lei prior to Western contact. Many are introduced by poems written especially for this work by master kumu hula, linguist, and ethnologist Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele.

Portrait

Marie A. McDonald, ethnologist, educator, and master lei maker, was recognized as a "Master of Traditional Arts" by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990. Her first book, Ka Lei, remains in print after a quarter century. Paul R. Weissich is former director of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. He is a consultant and landscape architect and is coauthor of Plants for Tropical Landscapes: A Gardener's Guide.

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