Aphrodite's Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti
By: Anne Salmond (author)Paperback
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"Aphrodite's Island" is a bold new account of the European discovery of Tahiti, the Pacific island of mythic status that has figured so powerfully in European imaginings about sexuality, the exotic, and the nobility or bestiality of 'savages.' In this groundbreaking book, Anne Salmond takes readers to the center of the shared history to furnish rich insights into Tahitian perceptions of the visitors while illuminating the full extent of European fascination with Tahiti. As she discerns the impact and meaning of the European effect on the islands, she demonstrates how, during the early contact period, the mythologies of Europe and Tahiti intersected and became entwined. Drawing on Tahitian oral histories, European manuscripts and artworks, collections of Tahitian artifacts, and illustrated with contemporary sketches, paintings, and engravings from the voyages, "Aphrodite's Island" provides a vivid account of the Europeans' Tahitian adventures. At the same time, the book's compelling insights into Tahitian life significantly change the way we view the history of this small island during a period when it became a crossroads for Europe.
Anne Salmond is Distinguished Professor of Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Among her books are Two Worlds: First Meetings between Maori and Europeans 1642-1772 and The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Aphrodite's Island Chapter 1 Thunder in 'Opoa Chapter 2 The Glorious Children of Tetumu Chapter 3 Purea, 'Queen' of Tahiti Chapter 4 Happy Island of Cythera Chapter 5 Ahutoru at the Opera Chapter 6 A Polynesian Venus Chapter 7 Captain Cook in Arcadia Chapter 8 The Transit of Venus Chapter 9 Circling the Land Chapter 10 Tupaia's Ship Chapter 11 The Viceroy of Peru Chapter 12 Tute 's Return Chapter 13 Hitihiti's Odyssey Chapter 14 The Red Feathers of 'Oro Chapter 15 Three Tahitians in Lima Chapter 16 Boenechea's Burial Chapter 17 Matimo and the Friars Chapter 18 Ma'i on Ice Skates Chapter 19 A Bare-chested Captain Chapter 20 Tute 's Portrait Conclusion The Angel of History Appendix I The Seasons in Tahiti Appendix II Islands Named by Island Navigators Selected Bibliography Notes Index
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