How do Indigenous folk manage the White Wasatch American cultural capture of Mormonism?
Daniel Hernandez, PhD Candidate at the University of Auckland, is an Urban Diasporic Mayan but grew up in Rose Park, Salt Lake City, Utah among a mostly Tongan and Samoan community. As researcher, observer and participant in the various cultures of ‘Brown Utah’ we discuss Kava and the importance of cultivating and preserving traditional practices that build connection to indigenous roots.
(Kava as a root extract from a plant found in the Pacific Islands and is consumed as a drink in ceremony. Both Kava drinks and the ceremonies associated have come under General Authority criticism from time to time. BYU-Hawaii and some local leaders have banned it outright.)