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Ancient and Modern Art __ "In art as well as in other domains, Eastern Polynesia formed a region apart. Unlike Melanesia, for example, where figures are often abstract and polychrome, Polynesian sculpture is rarely painted and relatively realistic." You will find history and images. - illustrated - from pacificislandtravel.com - http://www.pacificislandtravel.com/fr_polynesia/about_destin/art.html 

Canoes of Ancient Hawaii __ Read about classic canoes of Polynesian design. - illustrated - From aloha-hawaii.com - http://www.aloha-hawaii.com/hawaii/ancient+canoes/ 

Culture __ You will find a brief overview and history. "The missionaries did all they could to wipe out traditional Polynesian culture by levelling temples, destroying carvings, and banning tattoos and that heady, erotic dancing that Bougainville told Europe about." - From pacificislandtravel.com - http://www.pacificislandtravel.com/fr_polynesia/about_destin/culture.html

Curricula, Projects, Activities - Polynesian Voyaging Society __ Lesson plans and more about Polynesia and Polynesians. - From hawaii.edu - http://pvs.kcc.hawaii.edu/hoonaauao/resources_curriculum_activities.html  
 
Emma Shaw Colcleugh Tahiti Article __ A marvelous tale of native life in Tahiti and the Society Islands from 1906. You may read more by this excellent author by following links at the bottom of the page. - From University of Rhode Island - http://www.uri.edu/artsci/jor/emmatahiti.htm 

 

History of Tahiti and her islands by The Tahiti Traveler __ "Until recently, several theories were attempting to solve the mystery of South Pacific islands settlements and more precisely of Polynesian people. Different and sometimes surprising theories were conceivedů Polynesians came from the East or the West ? Some were saying that Polynesian people were issued from different places on earth and others thought they were on the spot before their continent sank." Learn about the various 'points of origin' that have been discussed. - illustrated - from thetahititraveler.com - http://www.thetahititraveler.com/general/historyorig.asp 

How the Natives Interpreted Captain Cook __ "The death of Captain Cook is a factual historical event that has taken on a life akin to that of a mythical legend. Having been told and retold, the Legend of Captain Cook is one of the most, if not the most, fascinating stories in Polynesian history." But deification? A fascinating study. - From Kristopher Torres - http://www.fiu.edu/~harveyb/traditionalmythsreligion1.html

Lesson Plan - A Polynesian Story __ "This lesson will focus on the history of Polynesia. Students will explore the geography of Polynesia, the origins of the Polynesian people, ancient and modern Polynesian culture, and the relationship of Polynesian people with their natural environment (the sea)." Prodecure and materials  - From nationalgeographic.com - http://education.nationalgeographic.com/archive/xpeditions/lessons/04/g68/noaapolynesian.html?ar_a=1

Mangareva, Death of a People __ "This is the story as it had been told in Papeete and in the Gambiers - a cruel and sombre tale, shot through with gleams of a vanishing barbaric splendour and relieved by quaint touches of grotesque comedy - it is the story of the death of a people." You will find texts, maps, photos. - illustrated - From janeresture.com - http://www.janeresture.com/tahiti_mangareva/ 

The Official Site of the Polynesian Cultural Center __ Here you can find general information about many Polynesian cultures. - illustrated - From Polynesian Cultural Center - http://www.polynesia.com/index.html 

Origin of the Polynesian People __ "Polynesians evolved ( birthed ) & their unique culture developed in area of Savai'i and Upolu, Samoa and Tonga in around 2000-500BC with Savai'i as the motherland ( breeding ground ). Nowhere else on earth will you find ancient Polynesian remains other than within the Polynesian Triangle or maybe along the coast of the adjacent land masses like the Americas." There is a lot of information which may make more sense for an advanced student. - From asiapacificuniverse.com - http://asiapacificuniverse.com/asia_pacific/messages8/766.html 

Polynesia __ An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polynesia

Polynesian Origins and Migrations __ "The Polynesian islands were settled from Western Polynesia to Eastern Polynesia, as indicated via carbon dating & periods of island settlements ( Lapita pottery ). Early Polynesians migrated from the Samoan islands (settled in 2000-500BC) to Marquesas (100AD) to Tahiti (300AD) to Hawaii (500AD) and then upon return voyages from the east into the west, Polynesians settled Aotearoa (800-1000AD) from the Cook Islands." And this is only the beginning of the tale. - From Peter Leiataua AhChing - http://polynesianlineage.tripod.com/polynesians/ 

Polynesian Religions __ Trace the evolution of religion from about 500 BCE. You will find click-to-read summaries. - From St. Martin's College - http://philtar.ucsm.ac.uk/encyclopedia/poly/ 

Samoa - Samoan Culture __ "Fa'a Samoa, means the Samoan Way. This is an all encompassing concept that dictates how Samoans are meant to behave. It refers to the obligations that a Samoan owes their family, community and church and the individuals sense of Samoan identity. The concept of respect is also very important. You must always respect you betters, this includes those older than you, matais, ministers, politicians doctors and teachers. This unquestioning demand for respect is taking its toll in modern Samoa as the younger generation, which is invariably better educated than its predecessors, constantly finds itself trying to balance the demands of a conservative Samoan society with its knowledge of the world, increasingly gathered from overseas education and experience. This has lead to one of the highest suicide rates in the world." Many articles and images - illustrated - From samoa.co.uk - http://www.samoa.co.uk/music&culture.html 

Traditional Tahitian Navigation __ "[The following account of traditional Tahitian navigation was taken from B.G. Corney (ed.), The Quest and Occupation of Tahiti by Emissaries of Spain during the Years 1772-6 (3 vols.), London: Hakluyt Society, 1913-1919, Vol. II, 284-287). The account is from the journal of Andia Y Varela, who visited in Tahiti in 1774.]" - From paulwaters.com/ - http://www.paulwaters.com/andianav.htm  

Tuvalu Origins __ "Much has been written about the origins of the Polynesian people in general and the Tuvaluan people in particular. One of the earliest records was the Narrative Of Missionary Enterprises in the South Seas by the Reverend John Williams of the London Missionary Society published by John Snow, London, 1840." You will find an excellent article about the subject. - From janeresture.com - http://www.janeresture.com/tu8/origins.htm 

Wayfinders : Polynesian History and Origin __ The website reviews a film "Wayfinders a Pacific Odyssey" but you will find a lot of information. - illustrated - from PBS - http://www.pbs.org/wayfinders/polynesian2.html


 

 

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