Tales of the Tikongs

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University of Hawaii Press, 1983 - Fiction - 93 pages
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Tiko, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, faces a tidal wave of D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T, which threatens to demolish ancestral ways and the human spirit. From Sione, who prefers to play cards with his secretary during work hours, to Ole Pasifikiwei, who masters the twists and turns of international funding games, all of the characters in these pages are seasoned surfers, capable of riding the biggest wave to shore. These are not stories of fatal impact so much as upbeat tales of indigenous responses to cultural and economic imperialism. Epeli Hauofa uses devices derived from oral storytelling to create a South Pacific voice that is lucid, hilarious, and compassionate in a work that has long been regarded as a milestone in Pacific literature.

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User Review  - Chinook - Goodreads

Hilarious and fascinating. And for bonus points, there's a reference to hashing: "'Get off the bloody road, you stupid oaf!' Toki roared as he zoomed down the dusty highway past a wobbly Hash House Harrier." Read full review

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User Review  - Toka Valu - Goodreads

It's empowering to have read an author who reflects your cultural identity through his work..Tikongs really struck home for me...RIP 'Epeli Hau'ofa Read full review


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Since 1983, Epeli Hau'ofa has been working at the University of the South Pacific's main campus in Suva, Fiji, where he is the founder and current director of the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, established in 1997.

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