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My first book, Once Were Pacific: Māori Connections to Oceania(Minnesota) was published in 2012 and I am working on two book projects at present: Kānohi ki te kānohi: Indigenous-Indigenous Encountersand Ghost Writers: the Māori books you’ve never read.
At its heart my research is about locating, contextualizing, and analyzing texts produced by Māori, Pacific and Indigenous people. My work is underpinned by my belief that we (Māori, Pacific and/ or Indigenous peoples) are constrained when the stories about us are limited. In my scholarship, I therefore focus on texts as evidence, sites and foundations of stories that are far more complex than those that are told about us by other people or even those that are generally told by ourselves. My MA (Auckland) and PhD (Cornell) focused on the written literatures of my own Māori community, and as I deliberately sought broader contexts for exploring this work I developed a twin interest and expertise in Indigenous and Pacific literary and cultural studies.
I have served on the executive of Te Pouhere Kōrero (Māori historians association) and the foundation council for NAISA (Native American and Indigenous Studies Assoc), and have co-chaired SPACLALS (South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literary Studies). I am on the editorial boards of Native American and Indigenous Studies, American Quarterlyand The Contemporary Pacific.I also write the occasional poem.
I am presently away from UHM campus on leave without pay.
“He korero e pa ana ki te toa takitini.” New Zealand Journal of Media Studies.10 (2). 2007: 31-36.
Samoan writers in Sāmoa, New Zealand and Australia
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|ENG 371(1)||Lit of the Pacific (XL PACS 371)||TR 10:30-11:45|
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