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Early Tonga : as the explorers saw it 1616-1810

Author: Edwin N Ferdon
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ethnographic observations and experiences on the Tongan islands up to 1810 -- just prior to intensive Christian missionary activities -- provide an early historic baseline of culture for those interested in later culture change in Tonga, the only Polynesian island group that has never been ruled by outsiders. Ferdon ... [provides an] account of major aspects of Tongan life -- material culture, government, food and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ferdon, Edwin N., 1913-
Early Tonga.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1987
(OCoLC)573302277
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin N Ferdon
ISBN: 0816510261 9780816510269
OCLC Number: 16682177
Description: xv, 339 pages, [1] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Tongans & their dwellings --
Social organisation & goverbment --
Kava : drink for all occassions --
Religion --
Daily life --
From birth to death --
Recreation --
Quest for food --
Trade & transportation --
War & peace.
Responsibility: Edwin N. Ferdon.

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"Ethnographic observations and experiences on the Tongan islands up to 1810 -- just prior to intensive Christian missionary activities -- provide an early historic baseline of culture for those interested in later culture change in Tonga, the only Polynesian island group that has never been ruled by outsiders. Ferdon ... [provides an] account of major aspects of Tongan life -- material culture, government, food and drink, recreation, customs, trade, and warfare -- at the time when European influences were only beginning to modify traditional island patterns" -- dust cover.

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