The Missionary Journal of O. Rudeen Allred

Rutena kept a daily Journal as a missionary in the Society Islands (Tahiti) and the Tuamotu Archipelago from 1938 to 1940. It is a fascinating and detailed view of life in the unspoiled South Sea Islands.

 Hikueru--Crossing the lagoon

The journal is transcribed exactly as he wrote it, illustrated with Rutena’s artistic photographs and drawings, and divided into separate sections for each island:

Ua Tae Mai (A Summary)
Rutena in Tahiti
Stranded on Niau
Tahaa and Raiatea
Hikueru again
Papeete Tahiti

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