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"In Order to Win Their Friendship": Renegotiating First Contact

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Title:"In Order to Win Their Friendship": Renegotiating First Contact
Authors:Neumann, Klaus
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:1994
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Neumann, K. 1994. "In Order to Win Their Friendship": Renegotiating First Contact. The Contemporary Pacific 6 (1): 111-45.
Abstract:This article discusses five different approaches to writing first contact. Numerous
rereadings of the history of early colonial encounters in the Americas have been
published in anticipation or in the wake of the Columbus quincentenary; three
different varieties of quincentennial revisionism are identified and contextualized:
the authors discussed either emphasize the fatality of colonial impact, stress indigenous agency and privilege indigenous perspectives, or focus on European colonial
discourse. The article also looks at recent writings of Anne Salmond and Paul
Carter on first contact. It investigates the relevance of these rewritings of first
contact for Pacific Island historians. It argues for a heightened sense of selfawareness
about the politics of historical representation.
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 1994 - Volume 6, Number 1

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