New PDF release: A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief: The Island Civilization of

By Patrick Vinton Kirch

ISBN-10: 0520273303

ISBN-13: 9780520273306

Tracing the origins of the Hawaiians and different Polynesians again to the beaches of the South China Sea, archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch follows their voyages of discovery around the Pacific during this interesting heritage 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 strength of the Hawaiian god-kings, who by means of the past due eighteenth century have been locked in a sequence of wars for final keep an eye on of the total archipelago.
This vigorous, obtainable chronicle works again from Captain James Cook’s come upon with the pristine nation in 1778, whilst the British explorers encountered an island civilization ruled by way of rulers who couldn't be gazed upon by means of universal humans. Interweaving anecdotes from his personal common go back and forth and broad archaeological investigations into the wider historic narrative, Kirch exhibits how the early Polynesian settlers of Hawai'i tailored to this new island panorama and created hugely effective agricultural systems.

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