Collection MS 69 - Gilbertese myths, legends and oral traditions

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Gilbertese myths, legends and oral traditions


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1 reel; 35mm microfilm

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Sir Arthur Grimble went to the Gilbert Islands as a cadet administrative officer in 1913 and became Resident Commissioner in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony in 1926. He was transferred to the West Indies in 1932 and died in London on December 13, 1956. Grimble devoted much of his spare time in the Gilberts to collecting the myths, legends and oral traditions of the local people. Those recorded on this microfilm were collected between about 1916 and 1930.

Gilbertese myths, legends and oral traditions (643 pages). A detailed list appears at the beginning of the microfilm. It includes creation myths, voyaging tales, songs, especially of ancient voyages and war, spells and witchcraft practices.
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Division of Pacific and Asian History, RSPAS, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200

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