A Grave Matter
Documentary | 1993 | 30 mins | VHS
Kelly Briley, Erica Heinsen
Activism, History, Human/Civil Rights
A GRAVE MATTER documents the efforts of Native Hawai’ians Kunani and Ipo Nihipali to repatriate what they believe to be their ancestral remains from the Phoebe Hearst Museum at the University of California at Berkeley. This video examines questions of ownership and appropriation of native cultures, and how native rights and anthropology intersect and clash in their quests for cultural survival and scientific discovery.
“It is my personal belief that an inter-dependence exists between living Hawai’ians and their ancestors.”
- Edward Halealoha Ayau, Hui Malama NaKupuna ’O Hawai’i Nei