Sea People: In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific
‘Wonderfully researched and beautifully written’ Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan
‘Succeeds in conjuring a lost world’ Dava Sobel, author ofLongitude
For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Until the arrival of European explorers they were the...more
The book is cleverly set up. The information is presented chronologically, starting with the discovery of the islands by Europeans in the late 1500s. Revealing bit by bit what has been discovered makes the reader intrigued to know more. You want to understand who the island inhabitants are, where they came from and how they came to be there. With this historical perspective, the reader ...more
Still in a traveling mood, I boarded a ship, but a creaky one, with only hardtack, mealy biscuits and stale water for dinner. We followed the currents and trade winds, going east first before we turned west. The worst was when we were becalmed. ...more
For centuries, Western scholars have tried to tease apart the many unknown aspects of Polynesian history. The islands are spread across an area of the Pacific Ocean (and beyond) so large that all of the ...more
Historically, perhaps my favorite contemporary topic for exploration, Sapiens earliest watercraft ...
" ... because some portion of the population was always 'away,' hunting turtles or collecting birds' eggs or gathering coconuts or ...more
Just in case you have not noticed, I love everything about the deep blue sea. I am ceaselessly in awe of the force of the oceans and even more of the people who have conquered them, the true sailors and explorers. Coming from a country that is also the biggest archipelago in world, I am drawn to the Polynesians. The ...more
"For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Until the arrival of European explorers they were the only people to have ever lived there. Both the most closely related and the most widely dispersed people in the world before the era of mass migration, Polynesians ...more
The author tells us she is married to a Polynesian gentleman who is one of a people who inhabit remote islands across the Pacific, which today are in a nine hours' flight on a side, triangle.
To explore a people who didn't have a written history, and lost much oral history when diseases struck, is to give an account of how ...more
There was so much new information for me I could not possibly summarize key points in this small space. Yes, I learned some of this information long ago, but Thompson expertly gathers and ...more
Now think about this: they didn't use metal tools or written language. How in God's name did they get there?
Suffice to say that has been the question ever since Europeans showed up. This book guides us on the ...more
Humans have had wanderlust for as long as they’ve been in existence. Christina Thompson’s
Sea People : the Puzzle of Polynesia uses a variety of sciences to determine the who, what,
when, where and why the South Pacific became inhabited. Much of what we thought we knew
was seen through the eyes and culture of 16th century European explorers and turned out to be
flat-out wrong. Using linguistics, cartography, archaeology, anthropology and ...more
Minutely researched, it covers the origins, learnings, languages and skills of a people whose lands are divided yet connected by vast tracts of open ocean - which in fact make up a more meaningful part of their world.
The author manages to create a highly readable and fascinating story, from both a personal and an historic ...more
The author did touch on the contamination from Europe society as well as the ...more
For example, it has a chapter on the sequencing of rat DNA and how that helps us to understand how different islands were populated and also rather than recounting the creation myths ...more
The book centers around what “we” (non-Polynesian culture) knows and understands about Polynesia. It starts talking about Captain Cook and his initial discovery of Hawaii. It follows-up with his subsequent voyages wherein he discovers that the people all over the Pacific are somehow ...more
This is the History of what we have learned about Polynesia and how we learned it. Christina Thompson is married to a New Zealand Maori and she wished to know more of his culture and the people that populate the Polynesian Triangle. The book uses every branch of the social studies starting with history and goes into ethnology, anthropology, linguistics and archaeology. Mythology also places a large part of the story. She than ...more
The writing is evocative and lush--at times the book reads almost like a novel. It incorporates Polynesian legends and myths with accounts from European explorers. I especially loved the last part, which details the resurgence and reclamation of traditional sailing and navigating by the ...more
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