To perpetuate the spirit of Papehue is thus to give free access through this virtual library, to the memory of the Danielssons and their own kind of “savoir-vivre.”
In 1991, Marie-Thérèse shared with Bengt the alternative Nobel Prize: Right Livelihood Award. Courageous, firm, clear-sighted, simple, and always smiling, she fought for more justice on a more fraternal planet. Marie-Thérèse was a “grande dame” and a friend. Marie-Thérèse now rests alongside Bengt and their daughter Maruia in the small cemetery of Östra Tollstad near Norrköping in Sweden; in the parochial house a showcase is dedicated to them.
ARAPO, [from the Tahitian ara (wake) and pō (night, darkness)] litterally means “one-who-wakes-all-night.” PAPEHUE is the place in the district of Paea, on the island of Tahiti, where stood the Danielsson’s house, on the ocean side, by a river of the same name. This house used to have a large library, which has now been transferred to the Kon Tiki Museum in Norway, numerous documents, which can be consulted at the Société des Etudes Océaniennes’ office in Tahiti, plus a collection of paintings now entrusted to the Musée de Tahiti et des îles.
This website is dedicated to the memory of Marie-Thérèse Danielsson, who was a writer, a pacifist, an environmentalist and an antinuclear activist in the Pacific. She was also involved, together with her husband, Bengt Danielsson, anthropologist and oceanist, in the emancipation of the Polynesian people from colonial rule. She was president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Tahiti and founding member of Moruroa e tatou, the organization of former Polynesian workers on French nuclear test site.
is born 18 october 1924 in Remiremont in Vosges mountains. She died 6 february 2003 in Papeete, island of Tahiti