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L'oeil du Pere Rouel: Autour d'une serie de photographies d'Alphonse Rouel en Nouvelle-Caledonie (1913-1969) (review)

L'oeil du Pere Rouel: Autour d'une serie de photographies d'Alphonse Rouel en Nouvelle-Caledonie... book and media reviews Kanaks feel obliged to reaffirm attachment to land and place as much out of economic as cultural necessity (150). One could also add political necessity. The chapter by Sand, Bolé, and Ouetcho is in two parts. The first looks at early human settlement and its impact throughout Oceania; the second focuses on New Caledonia. This short but well-documented chapter is a balanced account that tries to neither incriminate nor glorify the relationship Austronesian settlers had with the environment (or nature), but rather to understand and accurately retrace that relationship. The authors examine the different phases of occupation of New Caledonia and the associated living patterns and horticultural techniques, with the aim of showing how the settlers contributed to changing the landscape over the millennia prior to European contact. They also put forward (using archeological data) that the population of New Caledonia was much larger than suggested by ethnographic accounts, and that a demographic decline due to disease began by the end of the seventeenth century, leading to considerable depopulation and displacement during the half century preceding French annexation in 1853. The main message of the authors is that the peoples of Oceania were "central http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

L'oeil du Pere Rouel: Autour d'une serie de photographies d'Alphonse Rouel en Nouvelle-Caledonie (1913-1969) (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 18 (1) – Dec 6, 2006

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book and media reviews Kanaks feel obliged to reaffirm attachment to land and place as much out of economic as cultural necessity (150). One could also add political necessity. The chapter by Sand, Bolé, and Ouetcho is in two parts. The first looks at early human settlement and its impact throughout Oceania; the second focuses on New Caledonia. This short but well-documented chapter is a balanced account that tries to neither incriminate nor glorify the relationship Austronesian settlers had with the environment (or nature), but rather to understand and accurately retrace that relationship. The authors examine the different phases of occupation of New Caledonia and the associated living patterns and horticultural techniques, with the aim of showing how the settlers contributed to changing the landscape over the millennia prior to European contact. They also put forward (using archeological data) that the population of New Caledonia was much larger than suggested by ethnographic accounts, and that a demographic decline due to disease began by the end of the seventeenth century, leading to considerable depopulation and displacement during the half century preceding French annexation in 1853. The main message of the authors is that the peoples of Oceania were "central

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 6, 2006

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