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Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Univ of Hawaii Pr
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Nelson Minar
Sep 01, 2013 Nelson Minar rated it liked it
Solid, readable summary of the state of history, anthropology, and archaeology for Polynesia. Really useful for understanding the historical context of Hawai'i and New Zealand. Also just interesting. My favorite part was chapter 3, Geoffrey Irwin's chapter on the archaeological record. Particularly interesting how there's a strong case to be made for deliberate exploratory voyages, Polynesians cautiously sailing westward probing for new lands while ensuring they could return home. Combined with ...more
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Apr 24, 2009 Erich rated it it was amazing
A breath-taking journey in photos, maps, stories, songs and hand-wrought Pacific canoes to understand the true discoverers of the world's largest ocean...
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Shelves: hawaii, scanned
Reading parts for a class on Exploring Oceania at KU.
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Oct 10, 2012 Robert Bonville rated it really liked it
An enormous amount of effort went into the creation of this body of information regarding the ancient origins and migrations of the Polynesian peoples. It details their origins, their paths, their colonization, their skills and other associated technologies of the time that enabled them to achieve such amazing accomplishments.
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