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  • Revelatory

    This is well written, lucid and gripping. The insight into the stupendous navigational ability of these people is revelatory. Highly recommended.

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  • For all Tangata Pasifika

    A fascinating and informative look into the ongoing voyage of discovery ABOUT the voyages of discovery that populated the Polynesian Triangle. Easy to read and well worth it.

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  • Sea People by Christina Thompson

    I loved this book. The author’s research is vast, but she has condensed it down into something that is easy to read but at the same time highly informative. The structure of the book is clear, and the stories of Pacific navigation are told with a focus on telling and lively details. She covers eyewitness accounts from early European navigators, linguistic evidence of migration patterns, archaeology, radiocarbon dating and the mist recent DNA analysis. Oral histories of the Polynesians themselves are also addressed. The author clearly recognised that mist researchers are looking at this from a Western, non-Polynesian point of view. Her partner is Māori and this helps her to see the world a bit differently. The most fascinating sections of the book are those about the revival of Polynesian navigation since the 1960’s/1970’s - beginning with an American sailor who sought out Polynesian navigators from very remote islands who could still navigate a double-hulled canoe by the stars, the currents, the deep ocean swells and other signs - no Western charts arrived involved at all! Thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in the Polynesians, and especially to sailors.

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