A History of the World in 100 Objects – Hawaiian Feather Helmet

This episode tells the story of Europeans' first contact with Hawaiians as told through one object - a mahiole or feather helmet - at the British Museum. The episode includes interviews with historians who describe Cook's problematic encounter with Hawaiians as a harbinger of colonialism to come. In addition, the episode uses the helmet's construction as a lens into key attributes in Hawaiian culture prior to colonial contact. 

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