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Delegation from Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo visits Evergreen State College to plan indigenous arts program

(Left to right) Laura VerMeulen, Assistant Director, The Longhouse Indigenous Arts Campus, The Evergreen State University (TESU); Zoltan Grossman, Geography & Native Studies Faculty (TESU); Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, VP, Indigenous Arts and Education (TESU); Gail Makuakāne-Lundin, Director of Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao (UH System); Melanie Wilson, Dean of Liberal Arts (Hawai‘i CC); Hanalei Marzan, Uluākea Scholar-in-Residence (UH Hilo); Puanani Nihoa, Assistant Director, Masters in Public Administration, Tribal Governance Concentration (TESU); Ian Shortridge, Academic Advisor, (Hawai‘i CC-Pālamanui Campus); Kekai Lindsey, Hawaiian Culture-Language Pathways Facilitator (Hawai‘i CC); Linley Logan, Director of the Northwest Heritage Program, The Longhouse Indigenous Arts Campus (TESU); Taupōuri Tangarō, professor of Hawai’i Life Styles (Hawai‘i CC). Down lower at front right is Kauila Keali‘ikanaka‘oleohaililani, Community Engagement Specialist (Hawai‘i CC). Group is gathered at the Fiber Art Studio, a structure that combi

A delegation from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College visited The Evergreen State College (TESU) in Washington state from Feb. 28 to March 3 to continue conversations 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.