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Tiki Literature! What are you reading?
pali-uli
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Posted: 2010-02-10 9:04 pm   Permalink

There are thousands of books linked with polynesia, whether they are history books, travel pamphlets, or early travel logs of explorers/adventurers. All of these are valuable resources for the tiki collector and anthropological enthusiast. What have you been reading? No doubt this will help those of us with decent pacific islander libraries to expand our collections and give those just starting their libraries, a place to start. Post away!

 
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pali-uli
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Posted: 2010-02-10 9:55 pm   Permalink

Like many other's. One of my first experiences with Polynesia was reading Kon-Tiki in early middle school. Like those living in the original "tiki era" this captivated my imagination and attention. It's books like these that got this crazy habit started. I have almost made it through the whole Thor Heyerdahl collection, but although being an avid reader, am still working at finishing Fatu-Hiva at the age of 28. I'm not giving up though. There are so many books and so little time.




 
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pali-uli
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Posted: 2010-02-10 9:58 pm   Permalink

I will try to post my collection soon. I left my camera at work, but wanted to start the post while I still remembered.

 
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Wayfarer
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Posted: 2010-02-10 10:24 pm   Permalink

I have a book called "Cargo Cult: Strange Stories from Melanesia and Beyonf". It was good until it's pretentious, "we're the true cultists" college thesis ending.


 
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pali-uli
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Posted: 2010-02-10 10:30 pm   Permalink

Is that the one where the islanders started worshiping the pilots who landed on their islands with supplies?


 
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Trader Bob
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Posted: 2010-02-10 10:54 pm   Permalink

Just scored a Kon Tiki book, now I understand where Tiki originated from. Wish I knew about Tiki history before a certain post I did!
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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2010-02-11 02:17 am   Permalink

Many books have been discussed here at TC over the years. I finally picked up Tony Horwitz's Blue Latitudes and it's a "must read" and a fun read for all South Pacific island enthusiasts. Tony retraces Captain James Cooks explorations in a travelogue style. As he travels you learn all about Cook's adventures.


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LoungeShark
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Posted: 2010-02-11 06:53 am   Permalink

How have you liked Kon-Tiki? I found it a little too dry. But, Aku-Aku I loved. Thought it was a much more fascinating read.

 
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Trader Bob
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Posted: 2010-02-11 11:20 am   Permalink

As a book it is a little amateurish, but the historical Tiki value keeps you interested. I am enjoying it though, and I will get the other books authored by Thor.
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2010-02-11 11:34 am   Permalink

Otto Von Stroheim's Tiki News !

 
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Pittsburgh pauly
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Posted: 2010-02-11 12:37 pm   Permalink

Alright they're not "historic" tiki, but, during this crazy snow I went through Tiki Quest (one read through and the pages are falling out), Tiki Road Trip and Tiki Mugs. I had planned on reading a Kon Tiki that I got for Christmas, but it's a first ed. and after the Tiki Quest thing I was worried about cracking it open.

 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2010-02-11 2:09 pm   Permalink

Here's the thread on that. Kon Tiki, Blue Latitudes and many others, must reads in "Beyond Tiki" forum. ALOHA!!! http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=17724&forum=6&hilite=BookReviewThread
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-02-11 3:01 pm   Permalink

On the nightstand at the moment. About an expedition to the interior of Dutch New Guinea in 1959. A good read so far.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-02-11 3:31 pm   Permalink

Ooooh: "72 pages of superb photographs!" I like! ...sorry, this thread is about READING!

 
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Mo-Eye
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Posted: 2010-02-11 4:18 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-02-11 02:17, Bongo Bungalow wrote:
Many books have been discussed here at TC over the years. I finally picked up Tony Horwitz's Blue Latitudes and it's a "must read" and a fun read for all South Pacific island enthusiasts. Tony retraces Captain James Cooks explorations in a travelogue style. As he travels you learn all about Cook's adventures.



I second that! I really liked Blue Latitudes. A couple others I just read:

Getting Stoned with Savages and The Sex Lives of Cannibals by Maartin Troost - Loved both of these.

Typee by Herman Melville - a great classic - need to pick up Oomo and Mardi next.
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