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Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels

James Revell Carr


This book explores the performance, reception, transmission, and adaptation of Hawaiian music on board ships and in the islands, revealing the ways both maritime commerce and imperial confrontation facilitated the circulation of popular music in the nineteenth century. The book shows how Hawaiians initially used music and dance to ease tensions with, and spread information about, potentially dangerous foreigners, and then traces the circulation of Hawaiian song and dance worldwide as Hawaiians served aboard American and European ships. Drawing on journals and ships' logs, the book highlights t ... More

Keywords: Hawaiian music, maritime commerce, imperial confrontation, popular music, Hawaiian song, Hawaiian dance, minstrel troupes, Hawaiian minstrels, American popular music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038600
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Revell Carr, author
University of North Carolina Greensboro