Welcome. Last week’s discussion was interesting. It was like a roller coaster ride at times going from highly energetic to a slow creep. It seems that people sometimes become disinterested when the subject is not about their particular chapter or personal interests. Maybe it would help to stick to our “chapter” markers more without digression. Or, possibly, trying to limit our input to shorter thoughts that can be discussed quicker as opposed to one person talking for 3-5 minutes. Not sure.
A quick update on 66 Ghosts: Katie and I have finished our wax model for our site markers. This weekend we will begin pouring waxes (about 30) and affixing individual identification numbers to them. Next Tuesday we will burnout and pour all of our bronze on Thursday. Late Thursday/ early Friday, we will Tig weld our spikes on and hit the road! We have our tent & bags, gas money and our reading list. If anyone is thinking about traveling in this way I found a site with some good links: http://gobudgettravel.com/usa/kerouac-2000-roadtrip-usa-on-a-budget I have also been reading about Death Cab for Cutie doing a trip following Keroac and writing an album. Here is a link on NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113748932
On to Hawaii and the Hula dance. I have a few thoughts after having a couple of days to digest the conversation.
A.) I believe that the book kept the focus on the spectator. Every reference of hula and the Luau was focused toward the consumer. I think that there is room for other views. I read on Alternative Hawaii http://www.alternative-hawaii.com/hacul/hula.htm that the Hawaiian people had actually let their dance slip form mainstream as well as the missionaries. I also believe that it is not just the missionaries faults for stripping their cultural practices with an offer to Heaven. Not to confuse anyone, I believe that missionaries should keep their asses home and quit f@#*ing up everyones cultures trying to spread their religions and ideals.
B.) My other concern is the cultural impact of the militaries during World War II on the Pacific Rim. It seems like such a contrast of the quaint tropical island with ships anchored off shore and runways being put down on clearings. I have thought about this before looking through my fathers pictures (WWII) from Guam, Bora Bora, Phillipines, Etc. I remembered seeing images of topless locals sitting at picnic tables with the G.I.s eating fruit with palm trees and a USO stage in the background. I would like to imagine how their lifes changed seeing these massive ships come to their islands.
C.) Finally, I also wonder if cultural change is always good or bad. I think that maybe it just happens. It would be wrong to totally withhold from exchanging knowledge with indigenous peoples hoping to ensure that there lives go on unchanged. I guess that maybe we need to do more talking and less pillaging so that we can truly learn from others. We should take it slow and neither nation build or ostracize.