Unexpected Relationships between Religion and Law in Contemporary Hawai̒i
This chapter discusses how the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and similar law shape religious claims and then conduce to misrecognition of the same. NAGPRA hearings both legally authorize and provide the occasion for the performance of Hawai'ian genealogies in hearings contesting ownership of sacred objects. Law is both complicit in the legitimizing of Hawai'ian religion and limited in its power to shape that religion in the ways it would like. This chapter notes that Hawai'ian political and religious actors competitively and creatively work and rework both their received traditions and emerging ones in the legal spaces provided by state and federal law.
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