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By Serge Tcherkézoff

This ebook explores the 1st encounters among Samoans and Europeans as much as the arriving of the missionaries, utilizing all on hand assets for the years 1722 to the 1830s, paying unique cognizance to the 1st come upon on land with the Lapérouse day trip. a few of the resources used are French, and a few of inauspicious accessibility, and therefore they've got no longer formerly been completely tested by means of historians. including a few Polynesian comparisons from past Samoa, and reconsidering the so-called ‘Sahlins-Obeyesekere debate’ concerning the destiny of Captain prepare dinner, ‘First Contacts’ in Polynesia advances a speculation concerning the modern interpretations made by way of the Polynesians of the character of the Europeans, and in regards to the activities that the Polynesians devised for this stumble upon: wrapping Europeans up in ‘cloth’ and providing ‘young women’ for ‘sexual contact’. It additionally discusses how we will return centuries and try and reconstitute, no matter if purely partly, the viewpoint of these who needed to realize for themselves those Europeans whom they name ‘Papalagi’. The booklet additionally contributes an extra measurement to the much-touted ‘Mead-Freeman debate’ which bears at the ideas and values regulating adolescent sexuality in ‘Samoan culture’. students have lengthy thought of the pre-missionary instances as a interval within which freedom in sexuality for youth predominated. it seems that now that this misguided view emerged from a deep misinterpretation of Lapérouse’s and Dumont d’Urville’s narratives.

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