At Home and Abroad: Greg Johnson on Indigenous Hawaiian Repatriation image
S3 E2 · Interactions – A Law and Religion Podcast
At Home and Abroad: Greg Johnson on Indigenous Hawaiian Repatriation
7 Plays
1 year ago

In today’s episode, Matt and Ira speak with Greg Johnson, Professor in the department of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara and director of the Walter H. Capps Center for the study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life. His essay “Domestic Bones, Foreign Land, and the Kingdom Come: Jurisdictions of Religion in Contemporary Hawaii” explores the legal efforts of Native Hawaiians in repossessing land and human remains and its connection to religion and spirituality. The three begin discussing Johnson’s experience as a delegate a part of a team of experts retrieving iwi kupuna, the bones and skulls of Native Hawaiians, from the Dresden Museum of Ethnology. The conversation shifts to discussing the ways Native Hawaiians maneuver around legal jurisdictions, a term that Johnson refers to as “auto-jurisdiction.” Finally, they highlight the United States’ perception of Native Hawaiians and the continued search for land reclamation.

All this and more on today’s episode of Interactions.

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