Kaahumanu: Molder of Change

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Author: Silverman, Jane L.
Format: Softcover

 
Although I am a historian and a story teller rather than an anthropologist, I have tried to understand what has been said of traditional customs both by David Malo, who remembered them, and Marshall Sahlins, who is today’s most subtle interpreter of them. Observation of Kaahumanu by missionaries, traders, visiting naval officers, and seamen has been important in piecing together external evidence about her life. The mythical sense of Kaahumanu’s strength held in common understanding by the people of Hawaii today could not help but infuse any narrowly factual account.
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Jane L. Silverman Honolulu, January 1987