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Fiction, Fact, and Imagination: A Tokelau Narrative

  title={Fiction, Fact, and Imagination: A Tokelau Narrative},
  author={Judith Huntsman},
Some years ago I read and later published (1981a) a short paper proposing that Polynesian oral narratives be viewed as creative art rather than sacrosanct “tradition,” and that this change in perspective called for a very different approach to the study of narratives. Instead of seeking the authentic “tradition,” scholars would listen to and record many renderings of the same narrative (or similar narratives) and talk about them with their tellers and audiences. I concluded (221): “If we listen… 
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