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Sea people : the puzzle of Polynesia

Author: Christina Thompson
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"For more than a millennium, Polynesians occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, an enormous triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Sailing in large, double-hulled canoes, without the benefit of maps, writing, or metal tools, these ancient mariners were the first and, until the era of European discovery, the only people ever to have reached this part of the globe. Today, they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christina Thompson
ISBN: 9780062060877 0062060872
OCLC Number: 1089397451
Notes: "The quest to understand who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know ..."--Jacket.
Description: xvi, 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : Kealakekua Bay --
Part I. The eyewitnesses (1521-1722). A very great sea : the discovery of Oceania ; First contact : Mendaña in the Marquesas ; Barely an island at all : atolls of the Tuamotus ; Outer limits : New Zealand and Easter Island --
Part II. Connecting the dots (1764-1778). Tahiti : the heart of Polynesia ; A man of knowledge : Cook meets Tupaia ; Tupaia's chart : two ways of seeing ; An aha moment : a Tahitian in New Zealand --
Part III. Why not just ask them? (1778-1920). Drowned continents and other theories : the nineteenth-century Pacific ; A world without writing : Polynesian oral traditions ; The Aryan Māori : an unlikely idea ; A Viking in Hawai'i : Abraham Fornander ; Voyaging stories : history and myth --
Part IV. The rise of science (1920-1959). Somatology : the measure of man ; A Māori anthropologist : Te Rangi Hiroa ; The Moa hunters : stone and bones ; Radiocarbon dating : the question of when ; The Lapita people : a key piece of the puzzle --
Part V. Setting sail (1947-1980). Kon-Tiki : Thor Heyerdahl's raft ; Drifting not sailing : Andrew Sharp ; The non-armchair approach : David Lewis experiments ; Hōkūleʻa : sailing to Tahiti ; Reinventing navigation : Nainoa Thompson --
Part VI. What we know now (1990-2018). The latest science : DNA and dates ; Coda : two ways of knowing.
Other Titles: Puzzle of Polynesia
Responsibility: Christina Thompson.

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A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People combines the thrill of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vivid tour of one of the most  Read more...

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