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Identifier: polynesianresear00elli
Title: Polynesian researches, during a residence of nearly eight years in the Society and Sandwich Islands
Year: 1833 (1830s)
Authors: Ellis, William 1794-1872
Subjects: Ethnology -- Polynesia, Polynesians, Polynesia -- History
Publisher: New York J.
Contributing Library: Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Digitizing Sponsor: Corporation of the Presiding Bishop, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


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Tahitian Pillow. In general they sat cross-legged on mats spread onthe floor; but occasionally used a stool, which theycalled m, or nohoraa. This resembled the pillow inshape, and, though much larger, was made out of asingle piece of wood. The tamanu, or callophyllum, wasusually selected, and immense trees must have beencut down for this purpose. I have seen iris four or fivefeet long, three feet wide, and each end three feet sixinches high; yet the whole cut out of one solid piecĀ© PILLOW, STOOL, ETC. 153

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Tahiliaii Stool. of timber. The upper part was curved, and the ex-tremes being highest, the seat resembled the concaveside of a crescent, so that, however large it might be,only one sat on it at a time, The iri was finely pol-ished, and the wood, in its grain and colour resemblingthe best kinds of mahogany, rendered it, although desti-tute of carving or other ornament, a handsome pieceof furniture in a chieftains dwelling. The rank of thehost was often indicated by the size of this seat, whichwas used on public occasions, or for the accommoda-tion of a distinguished guest. Those in more ordinaryuse were low, and less curved, but always made out ofa single piece of wood. Next to these, their weapons, drums, and other mu-sical instruments were their most important furniture;a great portion, however, of what might be called theirhousehold furniture was appropriated to the preparationor preservation of their food. The umete, or dish, was the principal. Sometimes itwas exceedingly large, r


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bookid:polynesianresear00elli bookyear:1833 bookdecade:1830 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Ellis__William_1794_1872 booksubject:Ethnology____Polynesia__Polynesians__Polynesia____History bookpublisher:New_York_J_ bookcontributor:Church_History_Library__The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter_day_Saints booksponsor:Corporation_of_the_Presiding_Bishop__The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter_day_Saints bookleafnumber:156 bookcollection:churchhistorylibrary bookcollection:americana

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