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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

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...

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ISBN : 9780062060877
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages
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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia Reviews

  • Donna Davis

    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
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  • David Frederick

    This book is essentially about the way centuries of well-intentioned Europeans have approached Polynesian culture as if it was a puzzle to be solved. Christina Thompson sympathizes deeply with her cast of curious outsiders; she is herself a Westerner married to a Maori. She writes engaging prose that’s just a degree or two shy of the romanticism embraced by her predecessors, and she does, ultimately, answer the question of Polynesian origins with a hat tip to the insight of the original islander ...more

  • Tony

    It's been a traveling year for me in books. I intentionally went first to Trieste and stayed there, for a while, longer than I planned. Oddly, it was logical to go from there directly to Wales. And I book a flight for Nowa Ruda whenever Olga calls.

    Still in a traveling mood, I boarded a ship, but a creaky one, with only hardtack, mealy biscuits and stale water for dinner. We followed the currents and trade winds, going east first before we turned west. The worst was when we were becalmed. Eventua
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  • Robin

    Very interesting book on how Polynesia was populated and how the Western viewpoint dismissed them and their knowledge for years.

  • Laura Trombley

    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.

  • Amanda

    This was such a wonderful book! I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Susan Lyons, who did a great job. I do wish that the narrator had been a Polynesian person, but that's my only complaint, really.

    The writing is evocative and lush--at times the book reads almost like a novel. It incorporates Polynesian legends and myths with accounts from European explorers. I especially loved the last part, which details the resurgence and reclamation of traditional sailing and navigating by the Polynesia
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  • Georgina Alexis

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  • Katie/Doing Dewey

    Summary: A mostly entertaining look at how our theories about unrecorded history evolve, with a few slow bits.

    "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 ca
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