New archaeological insights into food and status: a case study from pre-contact Hawaii

  title={New archaeological insights into food and status: a case study from pre-contact Hawaii},
  author={Patrick V. Kirch and Sharyn Jones O'day},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={484 - 497}
Social differentiation and hierarchy were more highly developed in protohistoric Hawaii than in any other Polynesian culture. In this paper we draw upon both ethnohistoric and archaeological evidence in order to examine the correlations between social status and consumption of ‘luxury’ foods. We examine the concept of ‘luxury food’ from an indigenous, emic perspective, finding that in protohistoric Hawaii the concept most closely correlates to fatty or greasy flesh foods, which were prized both… 
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