A delegation from UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College visited The Evergreen State College in Washington state to talk about modeling an indigenous arts program after Evergreen’s Indigenous Arts Campus and Native Programs curriculum.
“The proposed program will pilot a focus on indigenous arts in anticipation that it will grow into a two-year community college program with pathways to a four-year degree,” says Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, director of the UH System Office of Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao and interim executive assistant to the UH Hilo chancellor.
“The University of Hawai’i welcomes ways to study indigenous cultures as contributors to society instead of simple observations of their art,” she says.
Taupōuri Tangarō, professor of Hawai’i Life Styles at Hawai‘i CC says, “We’re here at Evergreen on a mission. Evergreen has always inspired us and we’re here to celebrate this inspiration as we prepare to deliver our Hawaiian indigenous arts program for the advancement of indigenous well-being.”
“We’re honored to host our relatives from Hawai‘i Island,” says Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, Evergreen’s vice president of indigenous arts and education. “We consider them a sister institute and want to build upon a relationship that’s been growing for decades among the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest and South Pacific.”
Hawai‘i CC will host a 2019 indigenous arts summer symposium as the first step in gauging community interest and support in the proposed program.
-Adapted from Evergreen release. Photos and captions for this post provided by the delegation.