Image: Up-close detail of braids of a lei niho palaoa.
The Ethnology Collection focuses its priorities onto the physical care and documentation of cultural objects with historical and/or cultural ties to the Pacific region, used in all levels of daily life, from the ceremonial to the day-to-day. The ongoing documentation process of compiling recorded histories, cultural stories associated with objects, and the identification of materials and techniques used in their manufacture, all assist in better contextualizing each object. These cultural materials can be categorized into three major groupings from:
• Hawaiʻi’s immigrant communities
Explore Bishop Museum’s Ethnology Collection through our online database. You will have access to information and images to over 77,000 cultural objects in the Collection from Hawaiʻi, Oceania, and the greater Pacific region. Records and information are routinely updated, but if you require information currently not available online, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
The Ethnology department welcomes all researchers, practitioners, and interested parties to access the collections. Due to limited staff availability, we are only able to accommodate a limited number of visitors each month. Those interested in scheduling a visit may submit a request at least 30 days in advance of their preferred visit date using this form: Ethnology Collections Access Request.
808.847.8279 or 808.847.8264
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