The natives of Savage Island, 300 miles to the south of Samoa, have a somewhat similar tale about the origin of fire.
If you were in Sydney, you would hardly think you were in a Savage Island; for you would see no savages in the streets.
This was the dank, fat, Savage Island of New Gibbon, lying fifty miles to leeward of Choiseul.
The legend of Savage Island places Maui in the role of fire-maker.
In consequence of the behaviour of the natives, he gave it the name of Savage Island.
If I didn't see a church spire at Underbridge, I might suppose that we had lost ourselves on a Savage Island.
Savage Island offers a notable example of what can be done in a short time.
In consequence of the fierce behaviour of the natives, he named this Savage Island.
The Savage Island legend adds the element of danger to Maui's mischievous theft of fire.
The particular instance I have in mind was on Malaita, the most Savage Island in the easterly Solomons.