Archives & Special Collections Gallery Exhibit




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Creation Date

Fall 2014


Artifact Label:

Jean-François de La Harpe (1739-1803)
Abrégé de l'Histoire Générale Des Voyages
Paris: Hôtel de Thou ... 1780-1801

A Māori man is illustrated in this French compendium of voyages, relating the tales of such explorers as Captain Cook. Charles Boyer Collection Polynesian Tattooing Traditions Practiced by a wide range of Polynesian cultures from Hawaii to Tahiti to Samoa, the act of tattooing was and, for some, still is a central part of life. The significance and purpose of tattooing varies from culture to culture. For this reason it is important to recognize that though Queequeg’s tattoos resemble the Māori tradition, they are not Māori, a fact that makes them all the more mysterious.