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Alice Te Punga Somerville

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677566

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677566.001.0001

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The Realm of Tapa

The Realm of Tapa

(p.81) The Realm of Tapa
Once Were Pacific

Alice Te Punga Somerville

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the realm of tapa, which explores the ways in which Aotearoa is articulated as part of the broader Pacific region on the basis of cultural and geographic proximity. It analyzes Chantal Spitz's L'Ile Des Reves Ecrases (Island of Shattered Dreams), as the first novel published by an indigenous writer from Polynesie Francais. One character in Spitz's novel, the girl named Tetiare, is characterized as the most creative and least easily shaped by the colonial institutions of schooling, militarism, and patriotism. The account of Tetiare's experience of wandering around the Pacific fueled a regional-political consciousness and creative sensibility towards Māori culture.

Keywords:   realm of tapa, Aotearoa, Chantal Spitz, Island of Shattered Dreams, indigenous writer, Polynesie Francais, Tetiare

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