Author(s): Christina Thompson
A mix of Jared Diamonds Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchesters Pacific, an exhilarating highbrow detective tale that appears deep into the previous to discover who first settled the islands of the far flung Pacific, the place they got here from, how they were given there, and the way we all know. For greater than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands within the Pacific Ocean, a limiteless triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Until the coming of European explorers they have been the one folks to have ever lived there. Both probably the most carefully comparable and probably the most broadly dispersed folks on the earth earlier than the technology of mass migration, Polynesians can hint their roots to a bunch of epic voyagers who ventured out into the unknown in one of the vital largest adventures in human historical past. How did the earliest Polynesians to find and colonize those far-flung islands? How did a folks with out writing or steel gear overcome the biggest ocean on the earth? This conundrum, which got here to be referred to as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged within the eighteenth century as one of the vital nice geographical mysteries of mankind. For Christina Thompson, this thriller is non-public: her Maori husband and their sons descend at once from those historic navigators. In Sea People, Thompson explores the interesting tale of those ancestors, in addition to the ones of the various sailors, linguists, archaeologists, folklorists, biologists, and geographers who’ve perplexed over this historical past for 300 years. A masterful mixture of historical past, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People combines the joys of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vibrant excursion of some of the fascinating areas on the earth. Sea People comprises an 8-page photograph insert, illustrations all the way through, and a pair of endpaper maps.