Captain Cook and the Culture Wars . Can they ever articulate the meanings and logics of non-Western peoples? Cook was not aware that he was, in Marshall Sahlins s words, "a tradition for Hawaiians before he was a fact. In this new edition of The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, the author addresses, in a lengthy afterword, Marshall Sahlins’s 1994 book, How “Natives” Think, which … Who has the right to speak for whom? This is the third book in a series of three on the subject of the voyages off captain Cook and his death at the hands of Polynesian warriors in Hawaii. CAPTAIN COOK AND THE CULTURE WARS When Captain James Cook sailed into Kealakekua Bay on January 17, 1779, little did he know that he was sailing into a Hawaiian cosmological drama in which he would be the main protagonist. Sahlins, Marshall : How "Natives" Think: About Captain Cook, for example: Chicago: University of Chicago Press; 0-226-73368-8. In recent years, these questions have arisen in debates over the death and deification of Captain James Cook on Hawai'i Island in 1779. "2 The authors there allege that the interpretations I have offered of Captain Cook's sojourn in Hawaii during 1778-9 and its relation to the well-known Makahiki or New Year ceremony are erroneous (Sahlins … In How "Natives" Think, Marshall Sahlins addresses these issues head on, while building a powerful case for the ability of anthropologists working in the Western tradition to understand other cultures. When Captain James Cook sailed into Kealakekua Bay on January 17, 1779, little did he know that he was sailing into a Hawaiian cosmological drama in which he would be the main protagonist. In How "Natives" Think, Marshall Sahlins addresses these issues head … When Western scholars write about non-Western societies, do they inevitably perpetuate the myths of European imperialism? The second beginning occurred in 1992, when anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere's book, ''The Apotheosis of Captain Cook,'' disputed Marshall Sahlins's career-long research on Hawaiian culture. This book, written by Sahlins is a response to book written by Obeyesekere which was a response to the first book written by Sahlins. Questions such as these are among the most hotly debated in contemporary intellectual life. Over 200 years later, during the 1990s a much less bloody battle, centering on Captain Cook and the circumstances surrounding his death, ignited between two eminent anthropologists- Gananath Obeyesekere and Marshall Sahlins. Home > Sahlins, Marshall. Cook was not aware that he was, in Marshall Sahlins's words, "a tradition for Hawaiians before he was a fact."