Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum to Host “Out of Taiwan: Shared Connections in the Pacific” Exhibit

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Paiwan tribe: The women marked the backs of their hands in accordance with their social status and mastery of weaving.  Copyright ©2013 Danee Hazama

Paiwan tribe: The women marked the backs of their hands in accordance with their social status and mastery of weaving. Copyright ©2013 Danee Hazama

The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM) will hold the first North America exhibit opening of “Out of Taiwan: Shared Connections in the Pacific” photographs by internationally renowned photographer Danee Hazama of Tahiti on October 26, 2013. Special presentations by Danee Hazama at 1pm, Saturday, October 26 and by exhibit guest curator Dr. Wennifer Lin-Haver at 1pm, Sunday, October 27. Hazama will also be making a special appearance on Sunday, October 27.

The origins of Pacific Islanders have been the subject of interest and controversy for many decades. Significant Western research in archaeology, historical linguistics and molecular genetics shows common patterns with the indigenous Taiwan people and the peoples of the Pacific Islands.

Taiwan (Republic of China), also known as Formosa, lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China – an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. The indigenous people who remain today are divided into 14 tribes: the Amis, Atayal, Paiwan, Bunun, Puyuma, Rukai, Tsou, Saisiyat, Yami (or Tao), Thao, Kavalan, Truku, Sakizayu, and the Sediq.

Hazama has worked internationally as a professional photographer since 1984. He specializes in artistic images taken in the air, on the land and in the sea. He has worked for many prestigious clients to include National Geographic. His passion for Pacific culture has involved him in many projects ranging from archaeology to dance. Danee has participated several times in the Heiva I Tahiti, a yearly cultural dance competition, as well as other cultural events throughout the Pacific. His interest in Polynesia migration led him to a field study with indigenous people in Taiwan from 2007 to 2009. In his recent endeavors from 2010 to 2013, he sailed in 12 different Polynesian Voyaging Canoes as a crew member/photographer. The historic voyages he took across the great Pacific Ocean were guided by nature and with non-instrumental celestial navigation.

“There comes a time in your life where you humbly want to give back what you have received. After a wealth of experience in the field, I would like to share the knowledge that I have received. I have found out that it is my responsibility to help make a difference in this world by making positive contributions through culture. After my extensive travels and voyages throughout the Pacific, I can attest that in general, the Pacific is one big family separated by political boundaries. Through cultural bonding, we can help create a relationship in friendship that interweaves us all together” says Hazama.

Co-curating the exhibit is Wennifer Lin-Haver, PhD (World Arts and Cultures, UCLA), a folklore and mythology scholar. Dr. Lin-Haver specializes in women’s narratives, female sexuality and birthing rites. She has published on folk and alternative medicine and has conducted fieldwork in Hawai‘i and in Los Angeles. She is currently researching the cultural connections between her Taiwan ancestries with other Pacific Island cultures.

Special museum admission offered “Buy-1-Get-1-Free” for Oct. 26-27 only.   General admission: $5, Students & Seniors $3, Children under 12 free.  Museum hours 11am to 5pm.  PIEAM is located at 695 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, 90802.  Museum parking is available across the street at Café Viva at 644 Alamitos Avenue or at MOLAA’s parking lot 628 Alamotos Avenue

For exhibit information visit!outoftaiwan/cay9 or call (562) 216-4170.

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