• Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Maori & their Polynesian Ancestors

    Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Maori & their Polynesian Ancestors
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    ISBN: 9781869539610
    Title: Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Maori & their Polynesian Ancestors
    Author: CROWE ANDREW

    Andrew Crowe has produced a masterful synthesis of the remarkable voyaging history of the Polynesians." Prof Patrick V. Kirch, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley. This book casts light on a neglected epoch of world history, one that saw Polynesians expand their territory across the world's largest ocean. Author Andrew Crowe has been collecting the research of a wide range of specialists for many years, assembling it as if the individual findings were pieces of one enormous jigsaw. From this broad focus has come a deep admiration for the skills, resourcefulness and courage of the people that drove this extraordinary feat of maritime exploration.

    "Pathway of the Birds has had a profound effect on my life. Several years before the book was finished, Andrew Crowe asked me to critique the book and while reading it I became fascinated by the astonishing voyaging history of Polynesia. It is a story that few people know. Captain Cook was baffled by how “one nation” could have spread from Tahiti to New Zealand and Hawaii and here is a book that helps to explain how this happened, using a wonderfully interesting mix of scientific, historical and social disciplines.

    So how did this affect my life? I was so inspired by the book that I decided to purchase an ocean-going waka (Hinemoana is shown on the book cover) and set up a foundation that offers young Maori, Polynesia and other New Zealanders the opportunity to appreciate the seafaring experiences of their great ancestors who sailed to Aotearoa 800 years ago. For the last three years the foundation (Hawaiki Rising Voyaging Trust) has offered 1-day, 2-day and 8-day voyagers to hundreds of young people and given them the chance to see life very differently. And it has been life-changing for many" writes Dr Simon McDonald.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
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