Pathway of the Birds The voyaging achievements of Maori and their Polynesian ancestors By Andrew Crowe

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Pathway of the Birds The voyaging achievements of Maori and their Polynesian ancestors By Andrew Crowe

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a masterful synthesis of the remarkable voyaging history of the Polynesians' 
Patrick V Kirch, Professor Emeritus, University of California 

'Wonderfully informative and entertaining'
New Zealand Weekend Herald 

Pathway of the Birds explores a neglected epoch of world history, one that saw Polynesians expand their territory across the world's largest ocean in one of the most expansive and rapid phases of human migration in prehistory. 
Were Polynesians adept at navigating return voyages or had they settled the Pacific in a more random fashion? In an effort to find out, Crowe surveys a wealth of evidence from surprisingly diverse sources, including archaeology, palaeoecology, genetics, ethnology and linguistics, and presents it here in the context of Polynesian poetry, the long-distance migration of birds, non-instrument navigation, and wind tunnel experiments. From this, a spell-binding picture emerges of a people who have been deprived of recognition for some of their most illustrious achievements. 
Through an engaging narrative, integrating a diversity of research and viewpoints, and over 400 maps, diagrams, photographs and illustrations, Crowe conveys the skills, innovation, resourcefulness and courage of the people that drove this extraordinary feat of maritime expansion in a format that is both accessible to the lay reader and required reading for any serious scholar of this fascinating region.

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