A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief: The Island Civilization of by Patrick Vinton Kirch PDF

By Patrick Vinton Kirch

ISBN-10: 0520273303

ISBN-13: 9780520273306

Tracing the origins of the Hawaiians and different Polynesians again to the seashores of the South China Sea, archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch follows their voyages of discovery around the Pacific during this attention-grabbing background of Hawaiian tradition from approximately a thousand years in the past. Combining greater than 4 many years of his personal examine with local Hawaiian oral traditions and the facts of archaeology, Kirch places a human face at the sluggish upward push to energy of the Hawaiian god-kings, who through the overdue eighteenth century have been locked in a chain of wars for final keep watch over of the complete archipelago.
This full of life, obtainable chronicle works again from Captain James Cook’s stumble upon with the pristine state in 1778, whilst the British explorers encountered an island civilization ruled by way of rulers who couldn't be gazed upon via universal humans. Interweaving anecdotes from his personal common shuttle and broad archaeological investigations into the wider historic narrative, Kirch indicates how the early Polynesian settlers of Hawai'i tailored to this new island panorama and created hugely efficient agricultural systems.

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