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    I found this Alulu Tenor Uke on Ebay today.

    I suppose it's supposed to be cute. Like the Tiki ukes. But I think the stereotypical cannibal caricature is incredibly offensive. Is this really an historic or accurate Hawaiian totem?

    Am I overreacting?

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    Just out of curiosity, what's the tip off that this character is a cannibal?

    I know next to nothing about Hawaiian/Polynesian art so can't weigh in on whether it's true to the style or a caricature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what's the tip off that this character is a cannibal?

    I know next to nothing about Hawaiian/Polynesian art so can't weigh in on whether it's true to the style or a caricature.
    Yeah, you're probably right. There is nothing to indicate that it is a cannibal, it just reminds me of the cartoon representations of Sandwich Islands cannibals from when I was a kid. However, I find the representation an awful portrayal.
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    Not offensive at all. That's typical Tiki art, which is used on all sorts of things. Even Magic Fluke has a Tiki God Flea. Now if it showed a cannibal chewing on someone's arm, that would be different. I wouldn't even call that offensive, though, just in bad taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Yeah, you're probably right. There is nothing to indicate that it is a cannibal, it just reminds me of the cartoon representations of Sandwich Islands cannibals from when I was a kid. However, I find the representation an awful portrayal.
    "Sandwich Island cannibals." Now that is funny. I can imagine the menu in a cannibal's sandwich shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    "Sandwich Island cannibals." Now that is funny. I can imagine the menu in a cannibal's sandwich shop.
    I heard that they're going into business with the Soup Island cannibals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveY View Post
    I heard that they're going into business with the Soup Island cannibals.
    "Soup and Sandwiches - Bring Your Friends."
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    I Don't find it offensive, just tacky. I don't like engraving of any kind on ukes. Luna ukes is quite famous for this.
    I mean, how in the world would you clean it?
    Tikis are quite common at luau parties, and some folks even put them in their gardens.
    I don't have any, but I find them quite interesting.
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    My Eddy Finn and Flea, both with the "Tiki" name

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    Two cannibals were eating a clown when one said " Does this taste funny to You ? "
    I don't see a cannibal in that image . Cannibal ? ? Stereotypical ? Huh ?
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