Polynesian Researches during a Residence of Nearly Six Years in the South Sea Islands 2 Volume Set Polynesian Researches during a Residence of Nearly Six Years in the South Sea Islands: Volume 1 - Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania (Paperback)William Ellis (author)
Paperback 572 Pages / Published: 21/11/2013
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From humble origins, and trained by the London Missionary Society in theology, printing and rudimentary medicine, William Ellis (1794-1872) sailed for the Society Islands in 1816. He found himself at the cusp of major cultural change as Western influences affected the indigenous Polynesians. During his time there, Ellis became a skilled linguist and able chronicler of the traditional yet rapidly shifting way of life. He succeeded in capturing vivid stories of a leisured people who, without written language, had developed a rich oral tradition, social structure and belief system. Published in 1829, this two-volume collection proved to be an important reference work, notably for its natural history; it soon accompanied Darwin aboard the Beagle. Volume 1 covers the voyage to Tahiti, the development of Tahitian orthography, the conversion of chief Pomare II, the establishment of a printing press on Moorea, and Ellis's first sermon in Tahitian, delivered on Huahine.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 572
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32 mm
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