Excerpt from Tattooing in the Marquesas
How may this divergence between groups and the growth from the naturalistic through the geometric to the conventional - as seems to be the probable development - be accounted for?
Perhaps it may be postulated that before the se... venteenth century naturalistic motives were used in both groups, that during the two un recorded centuries geometric figures appeared in the southeastern group, that these gradually replaced the naturalistic there or transformed them into the conventional, and that at each stage of development the new styles were carried to the northwest where they did not so completely obliterate or amalgamate the native patterns, some of which persist to this day in their Old form.
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