In The Melanesian
Languages (????), Codrington notes on page 269:
"The Personal Article is e, but it is not used with men's names.
It personifies a thing, e ja a person; e lololnew the surf-board swimmer."
1849 John Elphinstone Erskine : Lufi, New Caledonia.
1857 J.C. Patteson : Santa Cruz Islands.
1870 Unaccredited: Love In Fiji.
1898 Louis Becke : A Noble Sea Game.
1899 Mrs. Edgeworth David : Funafuti.
1900 H. Wilfrid Walker : Surfriding in Fiji.
Robert Henry Codrington.
"R. H.Codrington was an Anglican priest and anthropologist who made the first study of Melanesian society and culture.
His work is still held as a classic of ethnography.
as headmaster of the Melanesian Mission school on Norfolk Island from 1867
Over his many years with the Melanesian people, he gained a deep knowledge of their society, languages, and customs through a close association with them.
He also intensively studied Melanesian languages, including the Mota language."
H. CODRINGTON, D.D.
LATE OF THE MELANESIAN MISSION
SOMETIME FELLOW OF WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD
AUTHOR OF 'THE MELANESIAN LANGUAGES'
AT THE CLARENDON
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IT has been my
endeavour in the following pages to bring together the results of such
observations as many years' acquaintance with Melanesian people has enabled
me to make.
I had once hoped to have been able to give something more like a full account of the beliefs and practices of the natives of those islands concerning which I have had the opportunity of collecting information ; but my stay upon my last return to the Melanesian Mission was too short for this, and I have now to put forth what I know to be very incomplete.
and enquiries were carried on, and my notes were made, in the years from
1863, when I first visited the islands, to 1887, when I left the Mission
; partly in the Melanesian Islands, but mostly in Norfolk Island, where
natives of many of these islands have for many years been brought together
Twice during this period I made with natives of the various islands a systematic enquiry into the religious beliefs and practices of
the Melanesians, and the social regulations and conditions prevailing among them.
In conclusion, this book, though written by a missionary, with his full share of the prejudices and predilections belonging to missionaries, is not meant to have what is generally understood to be a missionary character ; but the writer is persuaded that one of the first duties of a missionary is to try to understand the people among whom he works, and to this end he hopes that he may have contributed something that may help.
March 12, 1891.
In the Banks' Islands and Torres Islands, and no doubt in other groups, they use the surf-board, tapa.
The Melanesians : Studies in their Anthropology and Folklore.
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1891.