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Pac.GR380.F56 1999
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TITLE: Pacific Island legends : tales from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australia / Bo Flood, Beret E. Strong, William Flood; illustrations by Connie J. Adams.
AUTHOR: Flood, Bo.
PUBLISHED: Honolulu, Hawai`i : Bess Press, c1999.
DESCRIPTION: xiv, 266 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
NOTES: A collection of forty-three traditional and historical stories from the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, and Australia.
NOTES: Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-266).
NOTES: Giant clams that give birth to the world, cannibalistic ghosts, and tender love stories swirl through these legends of the Pacific Islands. The authors provide a historical and geographical context for this collection of tales from an oral tradition, "talk stories" that they describe as a dance between teller and listener. Divided into sections reflecting the four distinct areas of the Pacific, the book records the stories in an engaging and often exciting style. The islanders' belief in magic and spirits, along with their violence, compassion, and humor, dominate the stories. Many stories are intended to teach children, while others try to explain the world and history of the people, such as how the Samoans finally abandoned cannibalism. Pronunciation and vocabulary guides appear in the margins, aiding readers (sometimes unnecessarily, with entries on sassy, haste, boasting, and gushed among them), who will find thrills, laughter, grief, disaster, and triumphs here, adding up to a charming portrait of an often neglected culture.
NOTES: 6.2
SUBJECT: Legends--Oceania.
SUBJECT: Legends--Islands of the Pacific.
SUBJECT: Legends--Micronesia.
SUBJECT: Legends--Polynesia.
SUBJECT: Legends--Australia.
SUBJECT: Pacific Islanders--Folklores.
ADDED ENTRY: Strong, Beret E., 1961-
ADDED ENTRY: Flood, William.

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