So if we cast Cook’s death as part of a Native ritual, we’re implying that Hawaiians were just performing a ritual script, which takes away all their agency as human beings.
… Very often in history, we make statements about people who haven’t written their own story, whether it’s Hawaiians, or Native Americans, or working-class people. And we try to imagine that we’re seeing the world as they have seen it. But the best we can really do is offer an approximation.
John Green, Crash Course World History, here.
(This quote totally does not do the argument in this episode justice, it is so well-crafted and I’m just blown away, both by how well it was presented and the argument itself. Excellent all around, basically. Crash Course = amazing.)