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A Time and a Place

A Time and a Place

(p.213) Epilogue A Time and a Place
Once Were Pacific
Alice Te Punga Somerville
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers the potentially negative connotation of an argument by which “indigenous bodies” might be recorded as “migrant bodies”. It discusses the project Once Were Pacific's demands for a regional identification that “emphasizes” rather than “distracts” from indigeneity. The chapter concludes with a review of Once Were Pacific's portrayal of Tupaia's painting of an Englishman bearing tapa and a Māori man bearing seafood in 1769. Once Were Pacific perceives Tupaia's painting in terms of the complicated dynamic of Māori-Pacific connection, implying that a symbolic reunion of the artwork describes a tangible affirmation of Pacific oral traditions and cultural practices.

Keywords:   indigenous bodies, migrant bodies, Once Were Pacific, regional identification, indigeneity, Tupaia, Māori-Pacific connection, oral traditions, cultural practices

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