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Author Bonnemaison, Joël, 1940-1997.
Title Dernière île. English
The tree and the canoe : history and ethnogeography of Tanna / Joël Bonnemaison ; translated and adapted by Josée Pénot-Demetry.
Imprint Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [1994]
©1994

Series South Sea books
South Sea books.
Subject Tanna (Ni-Vanuatu people) -- History.
Tanna (Ni-Vanuatu people) -- Government relations.
Tanna (Ni-Vanuatu people) -- Cultural assimilation.
Human geography -- Vanuatu.
Vanuatu -- Discovery and exploration.
Vanuatu -- History.
Vanuatu -- Social life and customs.
Alt Name Pénot-Demetry, Josée.
Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 368 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-358) and index.
Contents pt. 1. The Invaded Archipelago. 1. On the Path to Myth: Quiros's Great Voyage. 2. Happy "Savages"? 3. Wild Contact. 4. The Gospel and the Kingdom. 5. Catholic Peasant Missionaries and Marginal Churches. 6. "Gone with the Wind" -- pt. 2. Tanna: Stones within Canoes. 7. Isle of Resilience. 8. Enchanted Space. 9. Society of the Stones. 10. Society of the Hawk. 11. At War. 12. The Return of Magic -- pt. 3. Fighting on the Island. 13. The Pagans' Resistance. 14. John Frum People. 15. The Bible Revisited. 16. Kastom and Nation. 17. The Revolt. 18. The Meaning of Tanna's Kastom. 19. Conclusion: The Men Ples -- Selected Works by Joel Bonnemaison.
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Summary Swooping down on the world like a scythe, westernization has devastated local cultures and made uniformity commonplace. The Pacific islands sustained the shock with a force perhaps unequaled anywhere else in the world. Their limited size and small population, coupled with the violent epidemics that took thousands of lives, lowered Islanders' ability to resist. To keep the external world at bay, they had to create a world of their own.
This personal observation of Tanna, an island in the southern part of the Vanuatu archipelago, presents an extraordinary case study of cultural resistance. Based on interviews, myths and stories collected in the field, and archival research, The Tree and the Canoe analyzes the resilience of the people of Tanna, who, when faced with an intense form of cultural contact that threatened to engulf them, liberated themselves by re-creating, and sometimes reinventing, their own kastom. Following a lengthy history of Tanna from European contact, the author discusses in detail original creation myths and how Tanna people revived them in response to changes brought by missionaries and foreign governments. The final chapters of the book deal with the violent opposition of part of the island population to the newly established National Unity government.
Ultimately Tanna's story may well be a living symbol of resistance for people throughout Oceania. Are they truly convinced that the roads constructed by the west are the right ones? Do they not persist in dreaming about their own paths? The study of world cultures can still surprise us, for the tide may be changing.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. http://purl.oclc.org/DLF/benchrepro0212
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ISBN 0585258414 (electronic bk.)
9780585258416 (electronic bk.)
0824815254 (acid-free paper)
9780824815257 (acid-free paper)
OCLC # 45729405
Additional Format Print version: Bonnemaison, Joël, 1940- Dernière île. English. Tree and the canoe. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1994 0824815254 (DLC) 94014319 (OCoLC)30157521