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Challenging Appropriation: Modern Moko and Western Subculture
Dunn, Ridgely

2011, MA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Anthropology.
The increasing impact of globalization and modernization on Pacific Island communities has generated concern among anthropologists and native islanders alike that appropriation of traditional body art such as moko could devalue vital cultural practices among groups already greatly influenced by the West. In addition to changes in national and personal identity, the topic of moko is situated in preexistent dialogs on globalization, post-colonialism, authenticity, and the cultural and intellectual property rights of indigenous islanders, which provide the theoretical framework necessary for discussion. Central to the argument is whether the use of moko-inspired art by non-Māori undermines the cultural authority of the Māori people and the rights of cultural and ethnic groups to control knowledge and information created over generations or if such artistic transmission is a part of a natural diffusion process. This paper explores the truthfulness of both statements and provides evidence as to why the transmission of culturally relevant practices such as moko must be monitored and explored.
Richard Feinberg, PhD (Advisor)
Mark Seeman, PhD (Committee Member)
Richard Serpe, PhD (Committee Member)
122 p.

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