Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

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 A blend of Jared Diamond?s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Simon Winchester?s Pacific, a thrilling intellectual det...

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Title:Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
Author:Christina Thompson
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Genres:History
ISBN:Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia Reviews

  • Tony
    Apr 15, 2019
    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 board...
  • Jessica Howard
    Feb 12, 2019
    Very interesting! ...
  • Jamie
    Mar 12, 2019
    See my review below from the March issue of Baltimore Style. Humans have had wanderlust for as long as they?ve been in existence. Christina Thompson?s Sea People : the Puzzle of Polynesia uses a variety of sciences to determine the who, what, when, where and why the South Pac...
  • John
    May 04, 2019
    The Pacific Ocean spans half the globe, yet the paucity of land means that it is very sparsely populated. Given that even a place as remote as Easter Island is now known to have been people by travellers from the west, who were those early settlers and how did they make such astonishin...
  • Randall Harrison
    May 10, 2019
    Ms. Thompson has written a compelling story about Polynesian history, culture and "discovery". I most enjoyed the sections that focused on navigation, trying to answer age-old questions about how natives settled the various island groups - where did they come from and how did they get ...
  • Tim
    Apr 22, 2019
    FIVE STARS! This book was great. I didn?t know how interested I was until I started reading. This book combines narrative with facts in a very pleasant proportion. The really impressive facet of this book is the underlying theme of how western understanding of a foreign culture chang...
  • Christina Dudley
    May 13, 2019
    I loved this book! A fascinating history of Polynesia and of outsider perceptions of Polynesia over the few recorded centuries since western "discovery." If you love history of exploration, anthropology, seafaring, natural history, origin stories, and good old rat DNA, this is the book...
  • Kathy Stone
    Feb 03, 2019
    I won this book from a First Reads giveaway here on Goodreads. This is the History of what we have learned about Polynesia and how we learned it. Christina Thompson is married to a New Zealand Maori and she wished to know more of his culture and the people that populate the Polynesia...
  • Corin
    Apr 13, 2019
    Fascinating! ...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Mar 27, 2019
    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. Un...
  • Chaitra
    Apr 25, 2019
    Exactly six years ago, I went on a vacation to Hawaii and fell in love with it. I was born in a coastal town but didn't much care for the sea until Hawaii. In Hawaii, also, I remember taking a plantation tour where I recall the tour guide talking about someone migrating on canoes with ...
  • Becky Diamond
    Jan 16, 2019
    Piecing together a vast number of elements including history, science, mysticism, folklore, archeology and ancient genealogies, Thompson creates a mesmerizing account of the Polynesian puzzle. A revelatory summary of this vast area steeped in culture and tradition. Highly recommend. ...
  • Larry Kilham
    Mar 22, 2019
    Excellent book about human nature in the context of the wide Pacific. The author seems to have omitted, however, overpopulation among the reasons why the sea Polynesians migrated onwards to additional islands. ...
  • Donna Davis
    Mar 12, 2019
    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 sal...
  • Chrisl
    Apr 07, 2019
    Was entertained while learning for about 100 pages. But after Captain Cook's explorations, when the whalers and missionaries arrived, I started losing interest. Did appreciate her words about the Lapita https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapita_... *** Historically, perhaps my favorite c...
  • Seth Turner
    Feb 17, 2019
    Fascinating ethnographic look into the migration puzzle of the Polynesian peoples. Clearly a passion project that starts to unpack the puzzle presented in the book. Highly recommend it for anthropologists, historians, and related fields of interest. ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 12, 2019
    Starts with the European encounter with the peoples of Polynesia as they made early forays and later more systematic exploration and conquest of an Ocean that takes up nearly half globe with islands dotting its huge expanse. As the Europeans encountered people who had braved the Pacif...
  • Phillip
    Apr 07, 2019
    4.5 / 5.0 Delightful meandering tour through Western Attempts to interpret Polynesian Origins and History. Well organized and hard to put down well written. Incorporates elements of mythology astronomy geology archeology biology and tradition into a balanced summary of the eviden...
  • Clare O'Beara
    Mar 07, 2019
    This exploration of explorations of an exploring people is full of fascinations, friendships and frightening distances. Also birds - as guides, as food, as giants made extinct. The author tells us she is married to a Polynesian gentleman who is one of a people who inhabit remote isl...
  • Julian Walker
    Apr 15, 2019
    I was enthralled learning about Captain Cook in my school days, and later on by reading about Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition - but this book is a further revelation. Minutely researched, it covers the origins, learnings, languages and skills of a people whose lands are divided...
  • Kathy
    Apr 30, 2019
    This is a library loan, so I must mark as "read" having read through the book once, but it is a book so full of interesting history, theories and expeditions in addition to the recounting of people who sacrificed a great deal to find truth that it could serve as reference book to repea...
  • Seth
    May 11, 2019
    My eyes glaze over when I read some vague legend about Rata setting off from legendary Hawaiki to avenge his father?s death encountering monstrous swordfishes and clams. I?m more interested in actual anthropological questions. Who what where when why? These questions seem to be in ...
  • Laura Trombley
    Mar 18, 2019
    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 t...
  • David Frederick
    Apr 17, 2019
    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 enga...
  • Penelope Schoeffel
    Apr 04, 2019
    Not a puzzle anymore! This engaging account tells us what is known about the Polynesians and how it came to be known. This amazing people achieved a feat of marine exploration of thousand of miles of ocean when everyone else in the world was just dabbling in calm waters. ...
  • Amanda
    Apr 15, 2019
    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....
  • Tomi
    Apr 02, 2019
    Kuvauksen perusteella tämä on tarina Polynesian kansojen historiasta: siitä miten maailman laajimmalle alueelle levinnyt, mutta silti toisilleen läheistä sukua ollut ihmisryhmä levittäytyi pitkin Tyyntä valtamerta ja sen pieniä saaria. Olin pettynyt, kun kirja olikin pääo...
  • Nihilistic Librarian
    Apr 12, 2019
    This book absolutely blew me away. Aside from the beautiful historical narrative, it fundamentally changed the way I see the world. I come from a written history culture and Thompson was able to provide a lens to peer through into an oral history culture. From small examples like Europ...
  • Lowrie Osborne
    Apr 04, 2019
    Broadened My Horizons Thanks, Christina Thompson. Now I have a list of other books to read so I can understand even more! My first reaction to the photo section was frustration that they hadn't been in the text, but in retrospect, it was a nice surprise at the end. ...
  • Victoria
    May 21, 2019
    I have no other words other than amazing. It should be said that I am not Polynesian, I do not live in Polynesia, I wasn't born in Polynesia, and I have never been to Polynesia. All of what I know before reading this book came from Wikipedia, school, TV, movies, etc. And this book ...