Daniel Hernandez

BA Anthropology. MEd Education Culture and Society. University of Utah., PhD candidate Anthropology/Ethnomusicology University of Auckland

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Daniel's parents are his first teachers and continual mentors. His family is his life's education, his partner is a New Zealander of Scottish ancestry, and they have 4 children together. Daniel is an urban diasporic Mayan who descends from K'iche', Mam, Tzutujil, and K'aqchiquel peoples and also of mixed ancestry. He is originally local to the West Side of Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A., a neighbourhood called Rose Park and currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate in Anthropology in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).

Research | Current

Urban Indigenous Identities in Diaspora: Tongan Kava songs and stories.

Interests: Indigeneity, Gender,  Diaspora, Religion/Christianity, Indigenous Spirituality and Metaphysics, Hip Hop/Reggae, Performance, Conflict Resolution, Moana (Ocean/ic/ia), Turtle Island/Abya Yala (Americas), Tā Vā (Tongan Time Space theory of reality), Mana/Tapu/Noa, Indigenous Epistemologies/Ontologies/Relationality and Research Methods (e.g., Talanoa).

Postgraduate supervision

Kirsten Zemke, Greg Booth, Sun Hee Koo

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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

Contact details

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 8, Room 847
New Zealand