Re-Presenting Melanesia: Ignoble Savages and Melanesian Alter-Natives

  title={Re-Presenting Melanesia: Ignoble Savages and Melanesian Alter-Natives},
  author={Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka},
  journal={The Contemporary Pacific},
In this essay, I examine the dominant representations of Melanesia as a place and Melanesians as peoples and how these have influenced understandings of and responses to contemporary developments in this subregion. I begin with an overview of the discourses that influenced the mapping of Oceania and the negative representations of Melanesians. These have, in turn, framed and influenced discourses about and relationships with Melanesia and Melanesians, including Melanesian perceptions of… Expand
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