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By Richard Moyle

This booklet, in response to fieldwork spanning a decade, offers a complete research of the musical lifetime of a special Polynesian neighborhood whose geographical isolation, including a neighborhood ban on missionaries and church buildings, mix to permit its six hundred contributors to keep up a degree of conventional cultural practices special to the region.

Takü is arguably the single place the place conventional Polynesian faith is still practiced. This ebook explores the various ways that spirit actions effect on either household and formality existence, how team making a song and dancing provide audible and visual expression to numerous non secular ideals, and the way spirit mediums relay songs and dances from the hot lifeless. Takü's group is easily in a position to articulate the importance in their personal robust functionality culture, and this e-book permits specialist singers and dancers to talk passionately for themselves on matters they comprehend intimately.

Musical ethnographies from the Pacific are infrequent. Like Moyle's prior landmark volumes on Samoan and Tongan tune, and likewise his trilogy on Australian Aboriginal track, this paintings should be of mammoth price to Pacific reports, and may suppose a spot one of the famous staples of ethnomusicological examine.

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The Ariki wanted to go on board to sink the vessel. 21 The song poetry commemorating the events presents a different perspective from that of the spoken account. Founded on conventions of indirect 32 Chapter 1 referencing and fragmentary allusion, the poetry relies more on its evocative power than its narrative detail. Adopting the perspective of the Ariki himself, the poem assigns to the singing stabilizer the reference to the subsequent purification of the island, and the sole reference to the disaster.

Ariki Manauï in full ritual regalia (nä hekau) in 1910, wearing the maro pure ceremonial belt, papa pandanus necklet, sukiporepore coconut leaf tucked into his waistband, haukareva leaf tips tucked into his armband, and noti conical headpiece, and carrying an iri fan, epa woven mat, and kaha coconut shell oil container. ( Ernst Sarfert [ Thilenius 1931] ) Geography and History 25 unmarried men to work the copra plantations on Tasman Island (Allen 1958). Later “married couples with a few children” were similarly allowed to migrate (Sebire 1960b).

The central garden area on Takü Island, individual plots bordered with giant taro. (Hamish Macdonald) 18 Chapter 1 Population Atoll populations, whose limited material culture and small numbers are combined with geographical remoteness, are particularly vulnerable to adverse weather conditions and introduced disease. Takü’s population was devastated by disease in the late 1800s and subsequently rebuilt with imported personnel; it has experienced extreme fluctuations, from a point perilously close to extinction to severe overcrowding in the early 1990s.

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