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In 1876, sailor Jack Renton was rescued from the Pacific island home of the headhunting Malaitans, after spending eight years in their captivity. His best-selling memoir of how he went from the slave of their chief, Kabou, to his most trusted warrior and adviser remains the only authenticated account of a Westerner's "heart of darkness" journey. But his sensational story turns out to have glossed over the key events of his transformation. Renton's story began with being shanghaied in San Francisco, escaping from the ship in an open whaleboat, and drifting for two thousand miles across the Pacific before washing up on Malaita. Through subsequent generations, the Malaitans' oral history has passed down detailed stories presenting a different version. Documentary filmmaker Nigel Randell spent seven years talking to the Malaitans to piece together this different account. The White Headhunter tells the story of a man who not only adopted their customs but did his best to prepare a people he had grown to love for the onslaught of Western civilization. He lives on in the Malaitans' memory, his hut and weapons preserved as a shrine still visited by the islanders today.

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In 1876, sailor Jack Renton was rescued from the Pacific island home of the headhunting Malaitans, after spending eight years in their captivity. His best-selling memoir of how he went from the slave of their chief, Kabou, to his most trusted warrior and adviser remains the only authenticated account of a Westerner's "heart of darkness" journey. But his sensational story turns out to have glossed over the key events of his transformation. Renton's story began with being shanghaied in San Francisco, escaping from the ship in an open whaleboat, and drifting for two thousand miles across the Pacific before washing up on Malaita. Through subsequent generations, the Malaitans' oral history has passed down detailed stories presenting a different version. Documentary filmmaker Nigel Randell spent seven years talking to the Malaitans to piece together this different account. The White Headhunter tells the story of a man who not only adopted their customs but did his best to prepare a people he had grown to love for the onslaught of Western civilization. He lives on in the Malaitans' memory, his hut and weapons preserved as a shrine still visited by the islanders today.

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ISBN:
9780786712564
Subtitle:
The Story of a 19th-Century Sailor Who Survived a South Seas Heart of Darkness
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Randell, Nigel
Location:
New York
Subject:
World
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Sailors
Subject:
Solomon Islands
Subject:
Headhunters.
Subject:
History - World
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Malaita Province
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sailors - Scotland
Subject:
Renton, John
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
280
Publication Date:
20030806
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of b&w photographs
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
850x550

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Travel » Travel Writing » Oceania

The White Headhunter
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In 1876, sailor Jack Renton was rescued from the Pacific island home of the headhunting Malaitans, after spending eight years in their captivity. His best-selling memoir of how he went from the slave of their chief, Kabou, to his most trusted warrior and adviser remains the only authenticated account of a Westerner's "heart of darkness" journey. But his sensational story turns out to have glossed over the key events of his transformation. Renton's story began with being shanghaied in San Francisco, escaping from the ship in an open whaleboat, and drifting for two thousand miles across the Pacific before washing up on Malaita. Through subsequent generations, the Malaitans' oral history has passed down detailed stories presenting a different version. Documentary filmmaker Nigel Randell spent seven years talking to the Malaitans to piece together this different account. The White Headhunter tells the story of a man who not only adopted their customs but did his best to prepare a people he had grown to love for the onslaught of Western civilization. He lives on in the Malaitans' memory, his hut and weapons preserved as a shrine still visited by the islanders today.
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