First Contact: Tasman's Arrival in Taitapu, 1642
An account of the dramatic visit of Dutch ships led by Abel Tasman to Golden Bay at the top of the South Island in 1642, and the meeting of Maori and European worlds.
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||28 May 2014 by Bridget Williams Books
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||By Salmond, Anne
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As the Dutch replied in darkness with shouts and trumpet calls from the decks of their ships, the warriors must have been mystified by these creatures who entered into their rituals, yet used exotic instruments and spoke an unintelligible tongue.
With the publication of her book Two Worlds, Anne Salmond introduced a penetrating rewriting of our traditional views of first contacts between the Maori and European worlds, helping us to view these meetings with fresh eyes.
In this account of the dramatic visit of Dutch ships led by Abel Tasman to Golden Bay at the top of the South Island in 1642 Professor Salmond shows how giving equal weight to both sides of the encounter can shed fascinating new light on the actions and motives of both parties.
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Anne Salmond is Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland. One of New Zealand's most prominent anthropologists and historians, Professor Salmond is the author of the award-winning works Two Worlds: First Meetings Between Maori and Europeans, 1642-1772; Between Worlds: Early Exchanges between Maori and Europeans, 1775-1815; The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas; Aphrodite's Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti; and Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas. In 1995 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to New Zealand history. She was made a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2008, and in 2009 she was elected as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) for her excellence in scientific research.