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dc.contributor.authorReilly, Michaelen_NZ
dc.date.available2014-11-10T20:16:45Z
dc.date.copyright2005en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationReilly, M. (2005). Beginning a conversation: writing a history about Mangaia. Presented at the New Zealand Historical Association Conference.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5170
dc.description.abstractImagine the following scene: Rarotonga International Airport, the date 26 April 1988. A young Pacific historian is standing in front of a weighing machine at the domestic check in. About to place his bags on the tray, he is told that the counter staff must first weigh him. Has he heard right? But they insist and reluctantly, in front of the other passengers, his weight is carefully recorded, before his bags are checked through. The plane is finally called, and being impatient to be off he is the first passenger to arrive at the plane. But he is told off to the side by the crew, so that two students from the local theological college can enter first. Finally, after the other passengers board, he is allowed on. Forty minutes in a small two engined turbo prop high above the dark blue green sea of the Pacific, and he cannot see an island in sight. Then as the plane banks, there to the right a solid triangle of land suddenly emerges on the horizon, its coastline lapped by the rolling waves of the ocean. As the plane descends the young Pacific historian looks out of the window at the land. This is the island of Mangaia, famed amongst Pacific scholars for the learned ethnographies written about it since the nineteenth century. But the island fails to impress the historian: the land seems to comprise barren grey rocks rising up from the seas; there are no sandy inviting beaches, no coconut trees bathed by the waters in the lagoon, not even a sign of life, no habitations, no houses, nothing. Just bush and rock. Amongst the anxieties of arrival, he also experiences disappointment: the land seems desolate and forbidding.en_NZ
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dc.subjectMangaiaen_NZ
dc.subjectconversationsen_NZ
dc.subjectPacific historyen_NZ
dc.subjectresearchen_NZ
dc.subjectpolitics of history writingen_NZ
dc.subjectobjectivityen_NZ
dc.subjectsubjectivityen_NZ
dc.subjectMichael Reillyen_NZ
dc.subjectProfessor Michael Reillyen_NZ
dc.subjectDr Michael Reillyen_NZ
dc.subjectTe Tumuen_NZ
dc.subject.lcshDU Oceania (South Seas)en_NZ
dc.titleBeginning a conversation: writing a history about Mangaiaen_NZ
dc.typeConference or Workshop Item (Paper)en_NZ
dc.description.versionUnpublisheden_NZ
otago.date.accession2009-03-11en_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
dc.identifier.eprintste-tumu66en_NZ
dc.description.refereedFALSEen_NZ
otago.event.placeAuckland, New Zealanden_NZ
otago.event.typeconferenceen_NZ
otago.event.titleNew Zealand Historical Association Conferenceen_NZ
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