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Rolling our eyes towards god: an intervention arising from Mormon missionary YouTube activity and the cultural (mis)appropriation of haka

Simon, Hemopereki (2024) Rolling our eyes towards god: an intervention arising from Mormon missionary YouTube activity and the cultural (mis)appropriation of haka. Culture and Religion, 23 (1). pp. 46-80. E-ISSN 1475-5629. (doi:10.1080/14755610.2023.2289560) (KAR id:96061)

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This Kaupapa Māori Research writing inquiry explores the (mis)appropriation of haka and the social media video-sharing platform YouTube in that (mis)appropriation. The article examines the specific case of a group of Latter-day Saint missionaries in Wangarratta, Australia, who wrote and performed an Englishlanguage haka that the author finds violent and offensive. The article outlines Aileen Moreton-Robertson’s White Possessive doctrine in relation to the Church and white patriarchal salvation. Haka’s cultural background and appropriation are explained. Theoretical explanations of collective and cultural memory and YouTube as a social media platform and cultural archive follow. The author highlights YouTube grey literature sources on haka cultural (mis)appropriation. The 2006 case study “missionary haka” video is critiqued and analysed. Case study issues are discussed. The Church’s history of racial discrimination and violence and its religious aetiology of skin colour make this video ”misappropriated,” according to research. This performance uses haka to promote white and religious supremacy and the idea that you must be white and/or religious to be fully human. This message helps the LDS Church mission of possessing Indigenous souls and remaining the “true religion”

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14755610.2023.2289560
Uncontrolled keywords: Haka; cultural (mis)appropriation; cultural memory; mormonism; YouTube; missionary culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1 United States local history
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administrations (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Hemopereki Simon
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 16:07 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 12:37 UTC
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