Research Summary

Global Indigeneities, Kava, Food, Eco-Justice, Place-based Pedagogy, Community-based/led Research and Epistemology, Popular Culture/Music, Diaspora, Race, Gender-Sexuality, Class, Religion, Metaphysics. Tāvāism and Critical Tongan Studies, Cosmovisíon Maya and Critical Latinx Indigeneity, Mana/Tapu/Noa-Ngofua, Coloniality/Decoloniality. Ethnomusicology, Social-Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography, and Talanoa/Tzijonïk/Platica.


  • A.A., General Education, Salt Lake Community College
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Utah
  • M.Ed, Education, Culture and Society, University of Utah
  • PhD, Anthropology, Waipapa Taumata Rau (University of Auckland). Project: Rootz Vaka Transits: Traversing Seas of Urban Diasporic Indigeneity by Collapsing Time and Space with the Songs and Stories of the Kava Canoe


Arcia Tecun is the pen name of Daniel Hernandez, which is after his grandmothers. Tecun is Wīnak (Urban Diasporic Mayan) and descends from many peoples and has local ties to Rose Park in Soonkahni (Salt Lake Valley) and Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). His first teachers are his parents who are from Iximulew (Guatemala) and his life's education continues with his partner, their children, and relations with various communities across Turtle Island, Abya Yala, and Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Wansolwara/Tåsi (Oceania, The Great Pacific Ocean). Tecun’s public intellectual work includes storytelling on YouTube and on his podcast channel Wai?.