Abstract

Synoptic studies of culture contact manifest an implicit model of cultural and demographic replacement and a discontinuity in indigenous identity. This model reflects a preoccupation with settler colonies, yet many culture contact relationships have developed in the absence of colonialism. European-Polynesian culture contacts are discussed here as a basis for an adaptational model, and it is argued that colo-nialism itself was often the means whereby indigenous identity was maintained, not extirpated.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-8050
Print ISSN
1045-6007
Pages
pp. 29-55
Launched on MUSE
2005-02-24
Open Access
No
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