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Title The captain and "the cannibal" : an epic story of exploration, kidnapping, and the Broadway stage / James Fairhead.
Author Fairhead, James, 1962-
Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015.
Description 1 online resource.
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Call # eBOOK
Series New directions in narrative history
New directions in narrative history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- The Island -- The Captain -- At Sea -- The "Cannibal Show" -- The Tour -- The Books -- Dako, God, and Humanity -- Fame -- Return to Dako's Island -- Missing -- Tables Turned -- Sydney Respite -- Dako's Dominion -- Shipwreck -- Morrell Adrift -- Father and Son -- The Lost Colony -- Epilogue: The "Cannibal" and the Captain.
Summary "Sailing the uncharted waters of the Pacific in 1830, Captain Benjamin Morrell of Connecticut became the first outsider to encounter the inhabitants of a small island off New Guinea. The contact quickly turned violent, fatal cannons were fired, and Morrell abducted young Dako, a hostage so shocked by the white complexions of his kidnappers that he believed he had been captured by the dead. This gripping book unveils for the first time the strange odyssey the two men shared in ensuing years. The account is uniquely told, as much from the captive's perspective as from the American's. Upon returning to New York, Morrell exhibited Dako as a 'cannibal' in wildly popular shows performed on Broadway and along the East Coast. The proceeds helped fund a return voyage to the South Pacific--the captain hoping to establish trade with Dako's assistance, and Dako seizing his only chance to return home to his unmapped island. Supported by rich, newly found archives, this wide-ranging volume traces the voyage to its extraordinary ends and en route decrypts Morrell's ambiguous character, the mythic qualities of Dako's life, and the two men's infusion into American literature--Dako inspired Melville's Queequeg, for example. The encounters confound indigenous peoples and Americans alike as both puzzle over what it is to be truly human and alive"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
Subject Dako.
Morrell, Benjamin, 1795-1839 -- Travel -- Papua New Guinea.
Morrell, Benjamin, 1795-1839.
First contact of aboriginal peoples with Westerners -- Papua New Guinea -- History -- 19th century.
Indigenous peoples -- Papua New Guinea -- Biography.
Kidnapping -- Papua New Guinea -- History -- 19th century.
Ship captains -- Connecticut -- Biography.
Sideshows -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General.
HISTORY / Oceania.
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical.
Papua New Guinea -- Description and travel.
HISTORY / Social History.
Papua New Guinea -- Discovery and exploration.
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Fairhead, James, 1962- Captain and "the cannibal" 9780300198775 (DLC) 2014029610 (OCoLC)886493431
ISBN 0300213255 electronic bk.
9780300213256 electronic bk.

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