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Tales of the Tikongs

Tales of the Tikongs - Epeli Hau'ofa

APA Citation: 

Hauʹofa, E. (1994). Tales of the Tikongs. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.



Tiko, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, faces a tidal wave of D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T, which threatens to demolish ancestral ways and the human spirit. From Sione, who prefers to play cards with his secretary during work hours, to Ole Pasifikiwei, who masters the twists and turns of international funding games, all of the characters in these pages are seasoned surfers, capable of riding the biggest wave to shore. These are not stories of fatal impact so much as upbeat tales of indigenous responses to cultural and economic imperialism. Epeli Hauofa uses devices derived from oral storytelling to create a South Pacific voice that is lucid, hilarious, and compassionate in a work that has long been regarded as a milestone in Pacific literature.


Author Information: 

Epeli Hauʻofa was a Fiji Islander writer and anthropologist of Tongan descent. He was born in what was then the Territory of Papua.



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Target Audience: Young Adult


Genre: Fictional short strories



Short stories, Fiji culture, surfing, impacts of development on culture in the Pacific Islands.