Scott Hall 316
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I am a historian of indigenous people, colonialism, borders and migration in Hawai?i and the American West, focusing especially on the histories of American Indian and Native Hawaiian people. My second book, The World and All the Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration will be published in May 2016 by the University of Minnesota Press. What if we were to understand indigenous people as the active agents of global exploration, rather than the passive objects of that exploration? What if, instead of conceiving of global exploration as an activity just of European men such as Columbus or Cook or Magellan, we thought of it as an activity of the people they “discovered”? What could such a new perspective on the project of global exploration reveal to us about the meaning of geographical understanding and its place in struggles over power in the context of colonialism? The World and All the Things Upon It addresses the questions above by tracing how Kanaka Maoli (meaning indigenous Hawaiian people) in the nineteenth century explored the outside world, generated their own understandings of it, and placed themselves strategically in the discursive constructions of global geography they created. This book looks at travel, spirituality, print culture, sexuality, gender, labor, education, and race to shed light on how constructions of global geography became a site through which Hawaiians as well as their would-be colonizers understood and contested imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism. My first book, The Color of the Land, argues for the central place of struggles over the ownership of Native American lands in the history of racial and national construction by Creeks, African Americans, and whites in the Creek Nation and eastern Oklahoma. The Color of the Land was awarded the 2010 Theodore Saloutos Prize for best book in agricultural history from the Agricultural History Society and was granted Honorable Mention in the competition for the American Studies Association's 2011 Lora Romero First Book Prize.