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.

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; Mana/Tapu/Noa; Tāvāism; Cosmovisión; 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)

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  • Tecun, A., Reeves, R., & Wolfgramm, M. (2020). The Past Before Us: A Brief History of Tongan Kava. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47566
  • 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45825

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 810
New Zealand