GIFTS OF CIVILIZATION

Avid, Wellington, 2003
‘Gifts of Civilization’, the term used by Captain Cook to describe the  contact between Europeans and the native peoples his expeditions encountered examines Hawai’ian history. From the arrival of Captain James Cook with his exchange rates and his sailor’s diseases to the annexation of Hawaii by US businessmen provide rich imagery. This history includes the influence of the Freemasons, the power of the U.S dollar,  the promotion of Hawaii as a tourist destination, the proliferation of white stretch limos, and photographs celebrating the ‘melting pot’ of races.
The tradional Hawai'ian bowl, the Poi vessel, used for food and religious ceremony, provided the inspiration for the form.