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Sea People by Christina Thompson
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really liked it
bookshelves: author-australia, culture-new-zealand, culture-french-polynesia, woman-author, nonfiction

The structure of this book worked really well in telling the story of how the world tried to determine where the people of Polynesia came from. It contains all the various efforts from the time the Western world slithered across these beautiful peaceful islands and how difficult the process has been and continues to be. There are an interesting section on how Europeans tried to understand what the Polynesians were saying and many times the linguistic complexities were never truly known.

The book shows great respect for the mastery of the Polynesian in navigation, oral traditions, their ability to utilise of whatever wood, shell or natural product was available, the mythology and the accuracy of their knowledge of history and geography. It seems all the time the Polynesians knew more than all of the scientists combined.

Its hard for a nonfiction book to have the right balance of entertainment and fact. This one does in spades. It's like a good mystery slowly unravelling the onion layers only to find another onion.
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Reading Progress

February 3, 2020 – Shelved
February 3, 2020 – Shelved as: author-australia
February 3, 2020 – Shelved as: culture-new-zealand
February 3, 2020 – Shelved as: culture-french-polynesia
February 3, 2020 – Shelved as: woman-author
February 3, 2020 – Shelved as: nonfiction
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February 4, 2020 – Finished Reading

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