From Ta'aroa to 'oro : an exploration of themes in the traditional culture and history of the Leeward Society Islands
That most studies of the Society Islands primarily deal with the windward group, is due to the post-contact history of the archipelago. From its discovery in 1767, Tahiti became the preferred anchorage for European ships in need of provisions. Missionaries and traders followed. Consequently, our sources are richest for the windward Society Islands. The centre of the indigenous universe, however, was in the leeward Society Islands and these are the main focus of this study. Myths,...[Show more]
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