HISTORY, IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY:THE HUIA SETTLERS’ MUSEUM
AbstractThe ways in which local inhabitants respond to and mediate pressures upon their community reflects the resources available to them (Day and Murdoch 993). Focussed on the rural, seaside community of Huia, West Auckland, this essay examines the concepts of community, history, and identity as resources a group of older residents have mobilised to resist perceived pressures on themselves and their community. I propose that their involvement in the establishment and maintenance of the Huia Settlers’ Museum is a symbolic representation of their collective and individual identities. External pressure in the form of change, for this group of older residents, arises from a combination of ethnicity, locality and ageing that is resisted through the expression of their genealogical connections to Huia in the form of the local Museum.
How to Cite
McKenzie, D. (2008). HISTORY, IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY:THE HUIA SETTLERS’ MUSEUM. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 2(1), 173–185. https://doi.org/10.11157/sites-vol2iss1id57