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A Strange Ship

A Strange Ship L O U I S E P E L T Z E R One day, a strange ship came to visit. Matari`i had the time to appear twice on the horizon after the Providence left, when Captain Boughton decided to call at Matavai before going to where our cousins from Vaihi live. Oh . . . the ship itself wasn't strange--it was beautiful and majestic like all foreign ships--but the ship's crew, or rather, its passengers. It was the first time a paratane ship with passengers had come to see us. It contained men, of course; but unlike the crew, these paratane men were strange, even startling. Also, for the first time ever, there were women. Let me, in a few words, tell you the story of these people. We knew something was going to happen. The omens are never wrong. The night before had been atrocious because of violent storms and rain. I don't remember ever having seen it so terrible. Each strike of lightning lit up the fare with a roar of thunder, revealing a family curled up and trembling in fear. What had we done? Why did the atua display their anger this way? As http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

A Strange Ship

Manoa , Volume 17 (2) – Oct 4, 2005

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L O U I S E P E L T Z E R One day, a strange ship came to visit. Matari`i had the time to appear twice on the horizon after the Providence left, when Captain Boughton decided to call at Matavai before going to where our cousins from Vaihi live. Oh . . . the ship itself wasn't strange--it was beautiful and majestic like all foreign ships--but the ship's crew, or rather, its passengers. It was the first time a paratane ship with passengers had come to see us. It contained men, of course; but unlike the crew, these paratane men were strange, even startling. Also, for the first time ever, there were women. Let me, in a few words, tell you the story of these people. We knew something was going to happen. The omens are never wrong. The night before had been atrocious because of violent storms and rain. I don't remember ever having seen it so terrible. Each strike of lightning lit up the fare with a roar of thunder, revealing a family curled up and trembling in fear. What had we done? Why did the atua display their anger this way? As

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Published: Oct 4, 2005

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