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Early Tahiti As the Explorers Saw It, 1767–1797
By Edwin N. Ferdon
371 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / 1981
Paper (978-0-8165-3477-7) [s]
  - Century Collection

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  - Anthropology

For thirty years before the coming of the European missionaries, European explorers were able to observe Tahitian society as it had existed for centuries. Now Edwin Ferdon, Polynesian archaeologist
Tahiti has captivated the Western imagination for over two centuries, since Captain Samuel Wallis of the British ship Dolphin first happened on this heretofore remote cluster of South Sea isles in June 1767. . . . Recommended as a matter-of-fact, easily readable, general introduction to one of Polynesia's most celebrated cultures.


and veteran of Thor Heyerdah's expedition to Easter Island, has interwoven their records to show us in fascinating detail what that society was like.

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