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Sea people : in search of the ancient navigators of the Pacific
Sea people : in search of the ancient navigators of the Pacific
Thompson, Christina2019
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 can trace their roots to a group of epic voyagers who ventured out into the unknown in one of the greatest adventures in human history. How did the earliest Polynesians find and colonise these far-flung islands? How did a people without writing or metal tools conquer the largest ocean in the world? This conundrum, which came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged in the eighteenth century as one of the great geographical mysteries of mankind. For Christina Thompson, this mystery is personal: her Maori husband and their sons descend directly from these ancient navigators. In Sea People, Thompson explores the fascinating story of these ancestors, as well as those of the many sailors, linguists, archaeologists, folklorists, biologists and geographers who have puzzled over this history for three hundred years. A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People is a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.
London : William Collins, 2019.
xvi, 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), colour maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Also published in paperback as : Sea people : the puzzle of PolynesiaIncludes bibliographical references and index
Winner of the 2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards General History PrizeWinner of the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non fiction
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LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Hampton LibraryHistory996.00922 THOAvailable
Sandringham LibraryHistory996.00922 THOUnavailable due to Sandringham Library Building Project until the end of 2020. (Set: 14 Jul 2019)