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GUEST,Rev Folklore: Kanaka (Hawaiian) chanteymen (54* d) RE: Folklore: Kanaka (Hawaian) chanteymen 13 Sep 06

Yes, pattyClink, Dana's Two Years Before the Mast" is the source of the best account of a Kanaka chanteyman, on a Euro-American ship. Known as Mahanna, he is described as singing with a "wild sort of note" that often breaks into a falsetto.

Also it should be mentioned that the laborers at Sutter's Fort on the Sacramento River, which was ground zero for the Gold Rush, were kanakas. Sutter himself even had a Kanaka wife.

Yes, it's a little known aspect of American history that the West Coast was largely settled and "tamed" by Hawaiians.

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