A Conversation With Mahilani Poepoe: Hawaiian Kupuna and La`au Lapa`au (video)
To the Hawaiian people, to preserve life, that was greatest of all. And that’s where my learning of becoming a healer took me. You cannot have hatred of any kind, animosity, because it’s not going to work. Anything that’s negative in the body becomes negative through the whole soul. One of the most important things you must heal is you must cleanse your body. Clean the head because the head has too many things stopping it from seeing. If the head has so much agenda, the eyes cannot see the future. And so you must cleanse the whole body and renew your spirituality.
WISN Unprecedented Conversations with Tashka Yawanawa (video)
We have this balance. I can be a leader of the Yawanawa, speak Yawanawa, and also
when I get out of the community, I can speak to the whole international community
straight from our vision. We don’t have intermediary. I think indigenous people today,
they need to live in these two worlds. One world, the traditional world, that keeps us as
indigenous people. And other side, we need to learn the western education to interact,
to defend ourself. We need to be grounded in our tradition, in our cosmovision, because
when indigenous people lose that, they lose the way where they come from; when
indigenous people link to that, you know where you come from and where you’re going.