Chelsea McKenzie (`11) earns a Tanner Fellowship for this summer.
As a recipient of the Tanner fellowship, this summer I will travel to New Zealand to study Maori haka (a dance form of native New Zealanders). Having been born and raised in Hawai’i, I have been dancing hula my entire life. My project aims to compare and contrast how Hawaiian hula and Maori haka are used as expressions of cultural identity.
To do so I will spend three weeks on the South Island of New Zealand meeting, dancing with, and interviewing haka dancers, students and teachers. I will also be interviewing professors from the St.Lawrence affiliated school, Otago University, and using the school library to do book research. Upon return to campus in August, I will further expand upon my research by working with Dr. Pomponio to turn my project into an anthropology SYE.