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Sea People by Christina Thompson
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bookshelves: adult, polynesia, exploration, history

See my review below from the March issue of Baltimore Style.

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 genetics, this well-
researched study debunks the early ideas and then builds a case that is closer to truthful. Don’t
underestimate the importance of story here - the oral traditions of the Polynesians, written off as
“folklore”, turned out to be closer to the truth than the observations of those explorers who came later.
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Reading Progress

March 12, 2019 – Started Reading
March 12, 2019 – Shelved
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: adult
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: polynesia
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: exploration
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: history
March 12, 2019 – Finished Reading

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