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Sea people : the puzzle of Polynesia

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First edition.

Explores the origins of the Polynesian people, attempting to answer the questions about who founded and settled these remote Pacific islands in an era before writing or metal tools.

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Gorham Free Library 996 THOMPSON (Text)
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  • ISBN: 9780062060877
  • ISBN: 0062060872
  • Physical Description: xvi, 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Maps on lining papers.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-348) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue : Kealakekua Bay -- Part I : the eyewitnesses (1521-1722) : in which we follow the trail of the earliest European explorers as they attempt to cross the Pacific for the first time, encountering a wide variety of islands and meeting some of the people who live there. 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) : in which we travel with Captain Cook to the heart of Polynesia, meet the Tahitian priest and navigator Tupaia, and sail with the two of them to New Zealand, where Tupaia makes an important discovery. 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) : in which we look at some of the stories that Polynesians told about themselves and consider the difficulty nineteenth-century Europeans had trying to make sense of them. 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) : in which anthropologists pick up the trail of the ancient Polynesians, bringing a new, quantitative approach to the questions of who, where, and when. 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) : in which we set off on an entirely new tack, taking to the sea with a crew of experimental voyagers as they attempt to reenact the voyages of the ancient Polynesians. 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) : in which we review some of the latest scientific findings and think about what it takes to answer big questiosn about the deep past. The latest science : DNA and dates ; Coda : two ways of knowing.
Summary, etc.:
Explores the origins of the Polynesian people, attempting to answer the questions about who founded and settled these remote Pacific islands in an era before writing or metal tools.
Subject: Polynesians > History.
Navigation > Polynesia > History.
Polynesians > Migrations.
Polynesia > Discovery and exploration.
Oceania > Discovery and exploration.


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