“It starts at the piko.”1 For Kanaka Maoli, the piko is extremely important. We have at least three “piko.” There is one located on our head, at the fontanel. The second is located at our navel, the third, our genitals. Each has a significant purpose, function, and meaning. The phrase “It starts at the piko” is a poignant frame for our reflection on Hawaiian lau hala weaving as a source of knowledge, spirituality, and genealogy.
Ka ulana ‘ana i ka piko (In Weaving You Begin at the Center): Perspectives from a Culturally Specific Approach to Art Education
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Marit Dewhurst, Lia O'Neill Moanike‘Ala Ah-Lan Keawe, Marsha MacDowell, Cherie Okada-Carlson, Annette Ku‘Uipolani Wong; Ka ulana ‘ana i ka piko (In Weaving You Begin at the Center): Perspectives from a Culturally Specific Approach to Art Education. Harvard Educational Review 1 April 2013; 83 (1): 136–144. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.83.1.nj05h4567xw58738
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