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Captain James Cook. Intimate encounters are often muted, even though we know they played a central part in first encounters during the colonial era.
Tuiaa government-sponsored series of events to commemorate years since Captain James Cook arrived in New Zealand, focused on Pacific voyaging and first onshore encounters between Maori and Pakeha non-Maori during —70, at the expense of reconsidering private history. But they also represent potent past tools of imperialism. Tuia was about both voyaging and encounter histories, but it seems that re-enacting traditional sailing was easier than restaging the intimate encounters that were central to the colonial enterprise.
Commemorations of voyages across the open oceans sailed clear of the awkward topic of intimacy.
The history of intimate encounters remained coned to a private space, perceived as outside of the making of history and national identity. But Hazel Petrie has argued that intimate encounters have to be considered within the context of cultural practices that emphasised hospitality.
But these perceptions may be in large part the result of the different moral codes of the narrators and seeing sexual relationships through different lenses. Maori society may have more typically viewed short- to medium-term relationships with sailors or other visitors in terms of manaakitanga or the normal extension of hospitality with expectations of a courteous material response. According to historians, Cook disapproved of the sexual behaviour of his officers and men, but was unable to stop it.
Sailors embodied the complex, disease-ridden, sexual shipboard culture of the 18th century, combined with western unequal attitudes towards women and the perception of Polynesian women as exotic. And how Cook, and everything that came after, has done so much to gender in this region.
However, evidence abounds which refutes the notion that traditional Maori society attached greater ificance to male roles than to female roles. It came to pass that Maori women, white women missionaries and settlers were all integral to history. They were variously colonisers and colonised. Just as women were a central part of those first encounters inthey continued to be agents of history. Some women, as the helpmeets of Empire, taught generations of schoolchildren about Cook the hero as part of an imperial curriculum.
It needs to consider that in the present, as with the past, public and private spaces are interconnected. Editor's Picks Local. Daily diary from the crew of vaka Marumaru Atua 17 July Rarotonga gears up for Te Maeva Nui festival 15 JulyCook Islands sex encounters
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