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Tuesday, October 8th 2019, 11:49am

Sea People The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson [EPUB]

Sea People The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson EPUB [Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia]

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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia | English

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Title: Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
Author: Thompson, Christina
Language: English

Subjects: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, Cultural; Ethnic & Regional, General

Description: A blend of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester's 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 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 combines the thrill of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world. Sea People includes an 8-page photo insert, illustrations throughout, and 2 endpaper maps.**

Review
" Sea People is a roaring success.. A deeply interesting read, and at points incredibly moving." (NPR)
"Compelling.. These pages will unleash the imagination [and] spark insight." **( National Geographic )
" Sea People is a rich compendium of the ways Polynesia has been pinned down on the maps of geography, history, and culture through the centuries. As Thompson so eloquently shows, such descriptions are only half of a story." ( Harper's Magazine )
"I loved this book. I found Sea People the most intelligent, empathic, engaging, wide-ranging, informative, and authoritative treatment of Polynesian mysteries that I have ever read. Christina Thompson's gorgeous writing arises from a deep well of research and succeeds in conjuring a lost world." (Dava Sobel, bestselling author of Longitude and The Glass Universe )
"Christina Thompson.is perhaps ideally placed to try to answer the question [of Polynesian origins] - and in Sea People , her fascinating and satisfying addition to an already considerable body of Polynesian literature, she succeeds admirably." ( * New York Times Book Review* )
"Magnificent.  A grand, symphonic, beautifully written book. Sea People is an archive-researched historical account that has the page-turning qualities of an all-absorbing mystery." ( * Boston Globe* )
"Christina Thompson's outstanding study brims with detail." ( * Nature* )
"Fascinating. A piece of beautiful nonfiction writing." ( WBAA, an NPR affiliate )
"Superb. . . . An illuminating read for amateur sleuths and professional scholars alike." ( * The Spectator* )
"The supra theme of Sea People is a vision of knowledge systems intertwined - the outcome of history, cultural tolerance, and a grasp of misunderstandings. Thompson's tone is perfectly tuned for such enlightenment, as is the life-position from which she writes." (Sydney Morning Herald)

From the Back Cover

For more than a millennium, Polynesians occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, an enormous triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Sailing in large, double-hulled canoes, without the benefit of maps, writing, or metal tools, these ancient mariners were the first and, until the era of European discovery, the only people ever to have reached this part of the globe. Today, they are widely acknowledged as the world's greatest navigators. But how did the earliest Polynesians reach these far-flung islands? How did they conquer the largest ocean on the planet? Diving deep into the history of the Pacific, Christina Thompson explores this epic migration, following the trail of the many sailors, linguists, archaeologists, and geographers who have puzzled over this story in a quest to discover who these ancient voyagers were, where they came from, and how they managed to colonize every habitable island in the vast region of remote Oceania. Sea People combines the wonder of pursuit and the drama of a gripping historical puzzle in a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.


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