The Tongan traditional history Tala-E-Fonua : a vernacular ecology-centred historico-cultural concept
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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