A blend of Jared Diamonds Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchesters Pacific, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know. 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 colonize 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 a...
|Title||:||Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia Reviews
Fascinating ethnographic look into the migration puzzle of the Polynesian peoples. Clearly a passion project that starts to unpack the puzzle presented in the book. Highly recommend it for anthropologists, historians, and related fields of interest.
I won this book from a First Reads giveaway here on Goodreads.
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 conclud ...more
A compelling and well-written volume reviewing the major theories of Polynesian origins. Worth the read.
Sea People is a wonderful little book about how and when the Polynesians ended up in Polynesia. Beginning with the moments when Europeans first discovered unknown inhabited islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean going forward through all of the documentation and then science used to answer these questions. I cannot even imagine getting into a outrigger canoe and traveling to some unknown island that may or may not be there. It was fascinating.
A thoroughly insightful, researched, and personal look at Polynesian origins. Thompson navigates us throughout Polynesia from the earliest inhabitants, to the first European explorers, to modern day adventures and scientific explorations; all the while we learn about the peoples of this remarkable part of the planet and how they came to inhabit such a widely disbursed area. Engagingly written, Thompson blends history, culture, and science into a remarkable look into the incredible people of Poly ...more
The author really excelled at pulling together all the different threads of knowledge that make up the whole of what we know about the early Polynesians. There was a balance between native and western perspectives, and even theories that were later discredited are presented as the author narrates not just what we know, but how we know it. No topic or time-period out-stays its welcome, with the author balancing being informative with keeping the story moving. This works really well, but readers i ...more
Christina Thompson is the author of Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which I read and loved. I was thrilled when I saw that she was about to publish another book, and even more so when I found a review copy; thanks go to Edelweiss and Harper Collins. This book is for sale now.
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 Eart ...more