Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and Their Polynesian Ancestors

Title

Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and Their Polynesian Ancestors

Contributors

Andrew Crowe

Authors

Andrew Crowe

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Description

This book tells of one of the most expansive and rapid phases of human migration in prehistory, a period during which Polynesians reached and settled nearly every archipelago scattered across some 28 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, an area now known as East Polynesia.

Through an engaging narrative and over 400 maps, diagrams, photographs, and illustrations, Crowe conveys some of the skills, innovation, resourcefulness, and courage of the people that drove this extraordinary feat of maritime expansion.

In this masterful work, Andrew Crowe integrates a diversity of research and viewpoints in a format that is both accessible to the lay reader and required reading for any serious scholar of this fascinating region.

ISBN

9780824878658

Publication Date

Fall 8-31-2018

Publisher

University of Hawaiʻi Press

City

Honolulu

Keywords

Pacific, history, anthropology, social science, indigenous studies, voyaging

Disciplines

Human Geography | Indigenous Studies | Polynesian Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Theory, Knowledge and Science

Comments

  • "Andrew Crowe has without doubt produced a major work of scholarly synthesis regarding the voyaging achievements and history of the Polynesians, one that will be accessible to the lay reader yet also required reading for the serious scholar of this fascinating region."
    —Patrick Vinton Kirch
  • "Andrew Crowe has as­sembled a stunning amount of evidence from archaeology, ge­netics, linguistics, meteorol­ogy, astronomy, zoology and tradition to show not only that the Polynesians knew how to navigate across the seemingly trackless waves but the paths they followed, their techniques for locating islands and how they adapted to so many differ­ent environments. Wonderfully informative and entertaining."
    —New Zealand Weekend Herald
  • "Crowe's book [is] a highly readable and lucid account of the early Polynesians' epic saga. Illustrated with photographs and maps, his account of the Pacific's cultural, ecological and navigational settlement will appeal to both the general reader and the specialist."
    —New Zealand Listener

Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and Their Polynesian Ancestors

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