This lecture explores vernacular architecture in Hawai‘i, Samoa, and Aotearoa. It considers the ways in which ancient Polynesians utilized natural resources, enacted ritual performance, and paid homage to ancestors and genealogy in the creation of residential dwellings and spiritual spaces/places. The heterogenous development and construction of architectural forms over space and time can be seen in the Hawaiian hale, Samoan fale, and Māori whare. The lecture concludes with a discussion about these vernacular forms in the context of contemporary issues related to sustainability and art repatriation.
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