Joann W. Kealiinohomoku Dance & Human Culture Audiovisual/Scholarship Collection


Joann W. Kealiinohomoku Dance & Human Culture Audiovisual/Scholarship Collection


dance, choreography, culture, performance, anthropology, ethnology, ethnochoreology, ethnomusicology, popular culture


This collection pairs written scholarship with a corresponding collection of audiovisual resources to support the interdisciplinary study of dance and human culture. The intent is to provide students, researchers, educators, as well as the general public with access to key scholarly and philosophical writings by anthropologist of dance Dr. Joann W. Kealiinohomoku (1930-2015) in coordination with an ecclectic assortment of audiovisual materials most of which Kealiinohomoku recorded off air between 1970-2010.

Over this 40-year period, Kealiinohomoku, an early adopter of video technology, began recording on Beta tapes, later transitioning to VHS tapes. YouTube's Internet domain name was not activated until 2005; therefore, this audiovisual collection reflects a historical pre-YouTube view of the world.   

Kealiinohomoku's holistic approach and broad anthropological perspectives invite greater understanding of dance as a human universal. The wide-ranging audiovisual content reflects Kealiinohomoku's particular research interests, popular culture of the era, and dance phenomena from a variety of cultures. It invites open-minded exploration and reflection on changes in scholarship and understanding.

To help researchers continue their search for audiovisual resources of interest, descriptive metadata is provided for every item, even when no video link has yet been located. Notes describe ephemera related to these audiovisual resources which can be accessed at the Cross-Cultural Dance Resources Collections at Arizona State University.

View the Joann W. Kealiinohomoku bibliography here:

Initial seed grant funding for the Joann W. Kealiinohomoku Dance & Human Culture Audiovisual/Scholarship Collection was provided by ASU's Institute of Humanities Research (IHR).

Funding to support ongoing development of this online media collection has been provided through ASU's Herberger Research Investment award.

A Recordings-at-Risk grant from the Council of Library and Information Resources and funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation has supported digitization of rare video and audio recordings some of which will be added to this collection.


Joann W. Kealiinohomoku (collector/creator)
Adair Landborn (curator/archivist)

Collection Items

This document lists audiovisual resources in the Joann W. Kealiinohomoku Collection; it contains both descriptive information and viewable links of video excerpts when available. Researchers wanting to further investigate the scholarship of…
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