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Author Thompson, Christina, 1959-

Title Come on shore and we will kill and eat you all : a New Zealand story / Christina Thompson.

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  993 THOMPSON    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  993.01 THOMPSON    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  993.01 THO    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  993.01 T37C    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Bishop's Corner Branch - Non Fiction  993.01 THOMPSON    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  993.01 THOMPSON    Check Shelf
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xiv, 270 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [261]-270).
Contents Prologue : New Zealand, 1642 -- Paihia -- Abominably saucy -- Mangonui -- Terra incognita -- Present perfect -- The venus -- A natural gentleman -- A dangerous people -- Smoked heads -- Turston's land deeds -- Nana Miri -- Hawaiki -- Once were warriors -- Gu, choki, pa -- Matariki -- Thieves and indian-killers -- One summer -- Epilogue : New Zealand, 1642.
Summary As an American graduate student studying literature in Australia, Thompson traveled on vacation to New Zealand, where she met a Maori known as Seven. Their relationship was one of opposites: he was a tradesman, she an intellectual; he came from a background of rural poverty, she from one of middle-class privilege; he was a native, she descended directly from colonizers. Nevertheless, they shared a similar sense of adventure and a willingness to depart from the customs of their families and forge a life together on their own. Thompson explores the meaning of cross-cultural contact and the fascinating history of Europeans in the South Pacific, beginning with Abel Tasman's discovery of New Zealand in 1642 and James Cook's famous circumnavigations of 1769-79. Transporting us back and forth in time and around the world, from Australia to Hawaii to tribal New Zealand and finally to a house in New England that has ghosts of its own, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All brings to life a lush variety of characters and settings. Yet at its core, it is the story of two people who, in making a life and a family together, bridge the gap between two worlds.
Subject Maori (New Zealand people) -- First contact with Europeans.
Europeans -- New Zealand -- History.
Culture conflict -- New Zealand -- History.
Frontier and pioneer life -- New Zealand.
New Zealand -- Race relations -- History -- 18th century.
New Zealand -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Thompson, Christina, 1959- -- Marriage.
Interracial marriage -- New Zealand -- Case studies.
Americans -- New Zealand -- Biography.
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Biography.
ISBN 9781596911260
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