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By Margaret Jolly, Darrell Tryon

This quantity, the results of ongoing collaborations among Australian and French anthropologists, historians and linguists, explores encounters among Pacific peoples and foreigners through the longue durée of ecu exploration, colonisation and payment from the 16th century to the 20 th century. It deploys the idea that of ‘encounter’ instead of the extra universal thought of ‘first touch’ for numerous purposes. Encounters with Europeans happened within the context of in depth past encounters and exchanges among Pacific peoples, occur within the distribution of languages and items and in styles of human payment and flow. the concept that of come upon highlights the mutuality in such conferences of our bodies and minds, wherein preconceptions from each side have been introduced into war of words, discussion, mutual impression and finally mutual transformation. It stresses now not quite a bit previous visions of ‘strangers’ or ‘others’ however the contingencies in occasions of come across and the way senses except imaginative and prescient have been an important in shaping reciprocal value determinations. yet a pressure on mutual meanings and interdependent enterprises in such cross-cultural encounters usually are not occlude the tumultuous misunderstandings, political contests and severe violence which additionally characterized Indigenous-European interactions over this era.

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