Kyra Cassisi Professor Walker English 110 25 October 2016 Historians Vs. Natives There are always three sides to every story: their side, your side, and the truth. In Hawaiian nationalist, Haunani-Kay Trask’s case, the story she deals with is the controversy between how historians describe the history of Hawaii, and how it actually was. The problem with most historians is that they do not do the necessary research, like learning the language of the people, finding the meaning behind the songs, or even just simply speaking to the people of the land and the stories they have to tell. Failing to do this too does not allow the historians to fully and accurately capture everything about a culture. Their research then becomes biased, and however they see things then becomes the truth. The natives of Hawaii suffer from these faults especially, because their story is being retold by someone who had not lived through it. Because historians have failed to indulge themselves fully in the Hawaiian culture by learning the language and realizing the importance of song, there are two versions of Hawaii’s story that are told: the historian’s version, and the native’s version. It has become common today and in the past to dismiss songs and oral tradition of a culture as valid historical evidence. Hawaiians especially have fallen victim to historian’s faults in this sense. Haunani-Kay Trask describes the issues she has experienced with the stories historians make out to be the truth of her native country in her story, “From a Native Daughter.” She makes it a point to recognize that historians have failed to learn the language of the people, and take into consideration the meaning behind their songs. She questions how they could have
Kyra Cassisi Professor Walker English 110 25 October 2016
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- English, History, Native Americans in the United States, historians, Native Hawaiians, Haunani-Kay Trask