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Vaka Moana, Voyages of the Ancestors: The Discovery and Settlement of the Pacific Hardcover – Aug 2007

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A Mindblowing Piece of Work Aug. 18 2008
By Monitoring Czar - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I can't help but want to show this book to everybody lately. Beautifully illustrated and edited, it is very holistic in every part of the topic that I could imagine; ancient navigation techniques, canoe construction, people's role in introducing the Polynesian pig to islands, maps galore, etc.

This book will increase your awareness of the loosely tied nation/interocean continent known as Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. Your mind will be boggled and awe inspired at the story of the exploration of the farthest, most remote reaches of the Pacific Ocean. The discovery and settlement of Hawaii, Tahiti, the Marquesas Islands and all points in between rivals man's greatest and bravest achievements in Space.

A must have.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Revealing the skills behind the last great human migration April 2 2009
By Sarah F. Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Although I missed the exhibition in Sydney (Australia) this ample book satisfied more than enough. Beautiful diagrams and photographs illustrating the scholarly text contributed by international academics, but edited and created in New Zealand. Reviews the early history of the Pacific peoples and has a marvellous section on their advanced navigational techniques and boat construction. I am left awed by their skills and courage and really impressed by the book's beauty and content.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating July 24 2008
By Stuart Fogg - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This review is of the 2006 David Bateman publication which I purchased in New Zealand.

This collection of essays covers a vast topic in remarkable detail. Many of the authors explore their topics at a personal level, and almost all of the writing is engaging. It's not the easiest read, but it's also not easy to put it down and go to sleep. Besides, it's a beautiful book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Magnificent Tribute to The Ancestors Aug. 12 2009
By Count Biscotti - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Polynesian Navigators were an amazing breed, and this book is a 'must have' if you have ever wondered how they did it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing scope on an amazing subject. May 20 2014
By Francis Wandell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this book and return to it over and over.

A magnificent work worthy of owning if you have even a
smidgen of interest in Polynesia and sea faring...

As one of the original board members of the PVS, this
is a subject near to my heart and this volume covers
it extremely well in text and photos.