Oral Traditions of Anuta : A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands: A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Apr 28, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
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Anuta is a small Polynesian community in the eastern Solomon Islands that has had minimal contact with outside cultural forces. Even at the end of the twentieth century, it remains one of the most traditional and isolated islands in the insular Pacific. In Oral Traditions of Anuta, Richard Feinberg offers a telling collection of Anutan historical narratives, including indigenous texts and English translations. This rich, thorough assemblage is the result of a collaborative project between Feinberg and a large cross-section of the Anutan community that developed over a period of twenty-five years. The volume's emphasis is ethnographic, consisting of a number of texts as related by the island's most respected experts in matters of traditional history. Feinberg's annotations, which arm the reader with essential ethnographic and historical contexts, clarify important linguistic and cultural issues that arise from the stories. The texts themselves have important implications for the relationship of oral tradition to history and symbolic structures, and afford new evidence pertinent to Polynesian language sub-grouping. Further, they provide insight into a number of Anutan customs and preoccupations, while also suggesting certain widespread Polynesian practices dating back to the pre-contact and early contact periods.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
2 Motikitiki the Trickster and the Creation of Anuta
19
3 Peopling the Island
44
4 Early Invasions Are Repulsed
57
5 Pu Raatu Goes to War in Tonga
72
6 The Chiefly Brethrens First Battle
91
7 Extermination of Anutas Population and the Origin of the Four Clans
104
8 War with Tikopia
125
Relations with Rotuma
173
12 Creation of a Second Chief and an Invasion from Tuvalu
201
Pu Nevaneva and Pu Tokerau
219
14 Contacts of the Early European Period
229
15 The Dawn of a New Era
249
Notes
253
References
285
Index
289

9 Beginnings of the House of Pangatau
148
10 Adventures of Pu Rotomua
160

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Page 5 - Most were collected from Pu Nukumarere, the island's oldest man and acknowledged expert in matters of local tradition.

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