Please join us for “Scales of Sovereignty, Scales of Stature: Lineal Traditions and Indigenous Endurance” a talk by activist, scholar, and radio producer J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian) who specializes in Native American and Native Pacific sovereignty and decolonization. Dr. Kauanui will delve into the current exhibition Raven Halfmoon: Flags of Our Mothers and address a range of social and historical frameworks including tribal sovereignty, settler colonialism, and the politics of indigeneity and gender for engaging with the artwork on view.
The program is free with Museum admission and limited seating is available. An audience Q&A will follow the talk.
Raven Halfmoon: Flags of Our Mothers is organized by Amy Smith-Stewart, Chief Curator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian) is an activist, radio producer, and writer. She is Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses related to Indigenous studies, critical race theory, settler colonial studies, and anarchist studies. Kauanui earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008); Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press 2018); and Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders (University of Minnesota Press 2018). Kauanui also co-edits a book series on “Critical Indigeneities” for the University of North Carolina Press and is one of the six co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, established in 2008. In 2022, Kauanui was honored with the Western History Association’s American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award.