Joined: May 18, 2006
From: San Diego
|Posted: 2009-01-23 09:10 am  Permalink|
SuperEight nailed it. This is exactly the problem at the heart of TC.
My own opinion is simply that native Hawaiian art and in fact original Polynesian art in general is MUCH more amazing than any "interpretations" that popped up any time later.
And more to the point - I know Trader Vic and Don felt the same way. They all had much treasured collections of native art, most of which later found their way into museums.
The 30 year Tiki Era is interesting, but the 10,000 years of native arts, dancing, and the cultures that inspired it are far more fascinating...