Grounded in Durable Indigenous Biographies

Grounded in Durable Indigenous Biographies chadwick allen A response to Ngarino Ellis, “Te Ao Hurihuri O Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho: The Evolving Worlds of Our Ancestral Treasures.” Biography 39.3 (Summer 2016): 438–60 Tena koe, Ngarino Ellis. Ngā mihi i te ao kikorangi i runga i te moana nui a Kiwa—greetings from the blue sky-world above the great ocean of Kiwa. I first read your essay in transit, crossing the vast sea that connects the east coast of Australia to the west coast of North America. Although my body- aboard-a-plane was buckled-in yet ungrounded, tethered yet unmoored, my reading experience and my immediate response were nonetheless expansive, and they nonetheless tied me to multiple Indigenous worlds: Aboriginal, Na- tive American, Oceanic. These broad terms are mere conveniences, of course, appropriate for the view from 35,000 feet (quite literal while riding those streams of air) but unable to indicate the complex tribal, band, iwi, hapū, clan, skin, country, or national affiliations, genealogies, and biographies of our ancestors or members of our contemporary communities. In the weeks since landing, I’ve been trying to decide whether reading and writing notes while moving within the above-world is a fitting metaphor for what I’ve been calling the trans-Indigenous: thinking, analyzing, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Grounded in Durable Indigenous Biographies

Biography, Volume 39 (3) – Dec 21, 2016

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chadwick allen A response to Ngarino Ellis, “Te Ao Hurihuri O Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho: The Evolving Worlds of Our Ancestral Treasures.” Biography 39.3 (Summer 2016): 438–60 Tena koe, Ngarino Ellis. Ngā mihi i te ao kikorangi i runga i te moana nui a Kiwa—greetings from the blue sky-world above the great ocean of Kiwa. I first read your essay in transit, crossing the vast sea that connects the east coast of Australia to the west coast of North America. Although my body- aboard-a-plane was buckled-in yet ungrounded, tethered yet unmoored, my reading experience and my immediate response were nonetheless expansive, and they nonetheless tied me to multiple Indigenous worlds: Aboriginal, Na- tive American, Oceanic. These broad terms are mere conveniences, of course, appropriate for the view from 35,000 feet (quite literal while riding those streams of air) but unable to indicate the complex tribal, band, iwi, hapū, clan, skin, country, or national affiliations, genealogies, and biographies of our ancestors or members of our contemporary communities. In the weeks since landing, I’ve been trying to decide whether reading and writing notes while moving within the above-world is a fitting metaphor for what I’ve been calling the trans-Indigenous: thinking, analyzing,

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