by Whitt Birnie
Historical logs, legend, myth, tale and lore have given Tahiti more than a name; Tahiti has become an idea rather than just an island. Credit the writers, artists, sailors, mutineers, producers and movie stars with building an image of what once was, and what it became. But credit the Polynesians with imagination, endurance and hospitality – against all odds, they have survived. They are deeply proud of their culture and love their country, the Fenua, like no other.
It was nearly 250 years ago that navigator James Cook sailed in, introducing the Western world to an exceptional culture. The rest, as they say, is history.
Here, with a stretch of the imagination, is how it might have appeared.