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Vaka Moana, Voyages of the Ancestors: The Discovery and Settlement of the Pacific [Hardcover]

K. R. Howe

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Book Description

August 2007
The discovery and settlement of the islands of the Pacific is the last and greatest story of human migration. The daring explorers who crossed the vast ocean that covers a third of the earth's surface were the world's first deepsea sailors and navigators. Thousands of years before any other peoples left the sight of land, they were venturing across unknown seas to settle far-flung islands.

This richly illustrated account of Pacific voyaging, past and present, examines the very latest findings from world authorities. These fascinating insights are interwoven with superb photographs, artifacts, maps, and diagrams, which together tell a story that is a testament to the ingenuity and bravery of humankind.

400 color & b/w illus.

Contributors: Ben Finney, K. R. Howe, Geoffrey Irwin, Sam Low, Roger Neich, Anne Salmond, Rawiri Taonui.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (August 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824832132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824832131
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 24.5 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #792,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mindblowing Piece of Work Aug. 18 2008
By Monitoring Czar - Published on Amazon.com
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing the skills behind the last great human migration April 2 2009
By Sarah F. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating July 24 2008
By Stuart Fogg - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Tribute to The Ancestors Aug. 12 2009
By Count Biscotti - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing scope on an amazing subject. May 20 2014
By Francis Wandell - Published on Amazon.com
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.

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