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Author Krieger, Michael J.

Title Conversations with the cannibals : the end of the old South Pacific / Michael Krieger.

Imprint Hopewell, N.J. : Ecco Press, ©1994.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  306.0995 K92C    Check Shelf
Edition 1st ed.
Description ix, 291 pages : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Note Includes index.
Summary In this captivating work of nonfiction, Mike Krieger succeeds brilliantly in his "attempt to capture the essence of this dying age, of this disappearing way of life and of the South Pacific's cultures, subcultures, and extraordinary people who all reflect an epoch on the verge of extinction." He takes readers on a wonderful fantasy-expedition from old tramp freighters to dugout canoes, over erupting volcanoes and through remote tropical rainforests to reach his isolated subjects. His openness as a traveller and journalistic skills combine to create a detailed collage of true stories, memorable for their vivid historical and natural contexts. Warmly accommodating a wide variety of island customs and mores, Krieger grounds every fact in vital human experience. He explores two Melanesian and two Polynesian countries where islanders still live according to old traditions. Krieger is the only living person to interview members of different cannibal tribes and to discuss with them the subject of cannibalism. He tells of a tribe whose name in translation means "I Will Kill You," and of a powerful ex-minister whose tyrannical control of a remote island evokes images from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. In beautifully clear prose, Krieger describes missionaries, cannibals, sorcerers, politicians, and princes - all with wonder and enthusiasm. With painterly discipline and design he chooses moments from his boat rides, jungle treks, and adventures with the people of the South Sea Islands, presenting a picture as intriguing in its particulars as in its overall effect.
Contents Cook islands: tales from a distant island. Where the flying fishes play ; Marsters world ; Thorn on the rose ; Return to Rarotonga -- Vanuatu: the traditional world. Conversations with the cannibals ; Last great sorcerer ; Ramrod ; Jon Frum's not dead yet -- Tuvalu: a Polynesian society. Most peaceful country ; Downtown Funafuti ; Nukufetau, a blissfully isolated atoll -- Solomon islands: a cannibal's life. Timothy, Are'are assassin ; Story of the cursed fish: a true parable ; Missionaries of Vangunu -- Solomon Islands: the "I will kill you" people. March to the Kwaio ; In the land of centuries past ; Lameuka, prince of the Kwaio -- Appendix A: Reverend Bill's sermon (July 12, 1987) -- Appendix B: A public apology due the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific -- Appendix C: Aid for the Kwaio.
Subject Ethnology -- Polynesia.
Ethnology -- Melanesia.
Polynesia -- Social life and customs.
Melanesia -- Social life and customs.
Ethnology. (OCoLC)fst00916106
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Melanesia. (OCoLC)fst01239785
Polynesia. (OCoLC)fst01245821
Soziokultureller Wandel. (DE-588)4227561-1
Gesellschaft. (DE-588)4020588-5
Kultur. (DE-588)4125698-0
Cookinseln. (DE-588)4230226-2
Vanuatu. (DE-588)4062334-8
Tuvalu. (DE-588)4107331-9
Salomoninseln. (DE-588)4076974-4
Polynesien. (DE-588)4046709-0
Soziokultureller Wandel.
Other Form: Online version: Krieger, Michael J. Conversations with the cannibals. 1st ed. Hopewell, N.J. : Ecco Press, ©1994 (OCoLC)609997585
Online version: Krieger, Michael J. Conversations with the cannibals. 1st ed. Hopewell, N.J. : Ecco Press, ©1994 (OCoLC)624391410
ISBN 0880013605
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