The level of culture varied widely within the South Pacific, and still does. In Vanuatu, a new nation, formerly the New Hebrides, observers wonder just how bright some of the natives are who are trying to lift something they are standing on. Or why they start moving a pile of bricks by picking those out of the center first. Until the nineteenth century most of the islanders were engaged in more or less constant war with one another. To the victor belonged the spoils, which in many parts of the South Seas included a meal made by roasting or stewing the victims. In New Zealand North Island’s Maoris almost depopulated the South Island. Behind every battlefront the fires were kept going for the feast. In Fiji, the old were strangled, the sick buried alive.
The tribal system is much alive on many of the islands. In Fiji today the kere-kereâ system of everyone sharing everything acts as a disincentive. Once anyone gets something he automatically shares it with relatives. Responsibility for anything, maintaining an outboard motor, chain saw, or automobile, belongs to everyone, hence no one.
Evidence that paradise is not likely to be found on a South Sea island comes from the Samoas American Samoa, an unincorporated territory of the United States, and Western Samoa, an independent nation since 1962. The thirty-two thousand people who live on the seven small islands that make up American Samoa are subsidized annually at $20 million through U.S. Department of the Interior. Western Samoa has a huge deficit in imports versus exports.
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