This thesis examines Tongan traditional history, tala-e-fonua, a
vernacular ecology-centred historico-cultural concept, handed down through
generations by word of mouth. As a Tongan Weltanschauung, tala-e-fonua
can be regarded as an indigenous account of the land and its people, a
symbolised human landscape. In this anthropo-ecological context, I examine the
continuity of the social and the natural, and how the dialectic between
structure and event are orally transmitted through culture...[Show more]
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