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


Daniel's parents are his first teachers and continual mentors in his life's education. Daniel has a partner and 4 children together. He is an urban diasporic Mayan who descends from K'iche', Mam, Tz'utujil, and K'aqchikel peoples. 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/Ethnomusicolgy in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).

Research | Current

Thesis: Rootz Vaka Transits: Seas of Urban Diasporic Indigeneity are Traversed by Collapsing Time and Space with the Songs and Stories of the Kava Canoe.

Interests: Kava, Indigeneity, Identity, Diaspora, Gender, Indigenous Research Methods, Decolonial theory, Critical Religious Studies, Indigenous Metaphysics and Theory (e.g., Mana/Tapu/Noa, Tāvāism, and Cosmovisión). Sports, Food, Pop Music/Culture and Media.

Teaching | Current

PTF 2019: Music and Identity, Anthropology 202

PTF 2018: Politics of Culture, Anthropology 244/330

Postgraduate supervision

Kirsten Zemke, Greg Booth, Sun Hee Koo

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tecun, A. (2019). Thoughts From Within Seven Caves. https://www.pantograph-punch.com/post/thoughts-from-within-seven-caves. Related URL.
  • 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

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