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SINCE BEING "DISCOVERED " IN 1767, Tahiti has faced a profound cultural upheaval. From the start, she has been branded with the irresistible dual myth of the Noble Savage's harmonious Arcadian life and of the vahine's amorous favours freely granted. People (navigators, missionaries, whalers, slavers) and events (deadly epidemics, atomic testing, and now tourism), all have contributed over time to creating the modern Tahitian quandary: trying to recover an idealized past and losing the benefits of modern life, or continuing as a cog in the French administrative system and losing her soul. Based on historical records, sailors' journals, Ma'ohi epic poetry, European paintings, folkloric events, the film industry, and novels by modern Tahitian writers, this book follows the passage from Otaheite's paradisal way of life, through the disastrous encounter with European civilization, ending with French Polynesia's modern prospects. Most remarkable of all is the enduring Ma'ohi culture's survival into the twenty-first century.
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  • PDF | 328 pages
  • FriesenPress (July 23, 2015)
  • English
  • 6
  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By The Dude on January 16, 2017

    I've recently read several books about Tahitian culture. This one was the best-written. Not overly academic like some of the others.

  • By monique LAYTON on August 21, 2015

    "The New Arcadia offers a vital and compelling picture of a conflicted island and its people." Scott Neuffer - ForeWord Clarion Review


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