Dr Daniel Hernandez
BA Anthropology, MEd Education Culture and Society: University of Utah; PhD Anthropology/Ethnomusicology: University of Auckland
Daniel's parents are his first teachers and continual mentors in his life's education. Daniel is married and has 4 children. He is an urban Wīnak (Mayan) with mixed ancestry who publishes under his pen name Arcia Tecun. He grew up in the Rose Park neighbourhood on the West Side of Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. and currently lives in Tāmaki Makaurau having recently completed a doctoral degree at the University of Auckland.
Research | Current
Current Projects: Oceanic Futurism, Ritual Liminality, Coloniality and Oceania.
Research Interests: Ethnography; Indigenous Research Methods and Theory; Coloniality/Decoloniality; Indigeneity; Kava; Identity; Diaspora; Gender; Race; Religion and Metaphysics; Metaphor and Semiotics; Mana/Tapu/Noa; Tāvāism; Cosmovisión; Sports; Food; Popular Music/Culture and Media.
Teaching | Current
Music and Identity, Anthropology 202
Popular Musics of the Pacific, Anthropology 234
Musics of the World in Everyday Life, Anthropology 103
Rhythm, Blues, and Rock: Race, Commerce, and Power in Popular Music, Anthropology 217
Previously taught course(s): Politics of Culture, Anthropology 244/330
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Tecun, A., Reeves, R., & Wolfgramm, M. (2020). The Past Before Us: A Brief History of Tongan Kava. The journal of the Polynesian Society. Polynesian Society (N.Z.), 129 (2), 171-192. 10.15286/jps.129.2.171-192
- Tecun, A. (2019). Thoughts From Within Seven Caves. https://www.pantograph-punch.com/post/thoughts-from-within-seven-caves. Related URL.
- Hernandez, D. (2019). Rootz Vaka Transits: Traversing Seas of Urban Diasporic Indigeneity by Collapsing Time and Space with the Songs and Stories of the Kava Canoe The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- Tecun (Daniel Hernandez) A, Hafoka, I., ‘Ulu‘ave L, & ‘Ulu‘ave-Hafoka M (2018). Talanoa: Tongan epistemology and Indigenous research method. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 14 (2), 156-163. 10.1177/1177180118767436
- Bell, A. V., & Hernandez, D. (2017). Cooperative Learning Groups and the Evolution of Human Adaptability. Human Nature, 28 (1), 1-15. 10.1007/s12110-016-9276-5
- Hernandez, D. (2017). Tongan Kava: Performance, Adaptability, and Identity in Diaspora. Performance of the Real E-Journal, 1 (1), 52-64. Related URL.