Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders regularly worked as crew in the China Trade and aboard American whaling ships throughout the long 19th century, and they used music and dance to communicate with and entertain the people they met. Dr. Revell Carr will discuss his new book Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels (University of Illinois Press, 2014), telling stories of Hawaiians' musical activities in New England, and how their interactions with US seamen shaped the development of Hawaiian popular music. Carr will give us an illustrated talk, enhanced with a performance of 19th century Hawaiian sailors' songs. Open to the public.
Suggested donation $5.