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A shark going inland is my chief the island civilization of ancient Hawai i (udgave 2012)

af Patrick Vinton Kirch

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Tracing the origins of the Hawaiians and other Polynesians back to the shores of the South China Sea, archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch follows their voyages of discovery across the Pacific in this fascinating history of Hawaiian culture from about one thousand years ago. Combining more than four decades of his own research with Native Hawaiian oral traditions and the evidence of archaeology, Kirch puts a human face on the gradual rise to power of the Hawaiian god-kings, who by the late eighteenth century were locked in a series of wars for ultimate control of the entire archipelago.This lively, accessible chronicle works back from Captain James Cook's encounter with the pristine kingdom in 1778, when the British explorers encountered an island civilization governed by rulers who could not be gazed upon by common people. Interweaving anecdotes from his own widespread travel and extensive archaeological investigations into the broader historical narrative, Kirch shows how the early Polynesian settlers of Hawai'i adapted to this new island landscape and created highly productive agricultural systems.… (mere)
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Titel:A shark going inland is my chief the island civilization of ancient Hawai i
Forfattere:Patrick Vinton Kirch
Info:Berkeley : University of California Press, ℗♭2012.
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A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief: The Island Civilization of Ancient Hawai'i af Patrick Vinton Kirch

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A great overview of the original Hawaiians up to the moment of contact with the rest of the world in the late 18th century.
The author gives a brief background the the arrival of the Polynesians in the Pacific, addresses their intentional navigation and settling of most habitable islands of the south Pacific, and moves on to the voyages that peopled Hawaii around 1000 AD, and the occasional return voyage over the next 200 years or so. From there he tells how life blossomed in Hawaii, and how society changed from the original kin based groupings to the god-kings of historical memory.
Kirch writes with the authority of archaeologist expert in the field, but delivers a readable and engaging book for the lay person. Just about perfect! ( )
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A survey of Hawaiian prehistory.
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Tracing the origins of the Hawaiians and other Polynesians back to the shores of the South China Sea, archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch follows their voyages of discovery across the Pacific in this fascinating history of Hawaiian culture from about one thousand years ago. Combining more than four decades of his own research with Native Hawaiian oral traditions and the evidence of archaeology, Kirch puts a human face on the gradual rise to power of the Hawaiian god-kings, who by the late eighteenth century were locked in a series of wars for ultimate control of the entire archipelago.This lively, accessible chronicle works back from Captain James Cook's encounter with the pristine kingdom in 1778, when the British explorers encountered an island civilization governed by rulers who could not be gazed upon by common people. Interweaving anecdotes from his own widespread travel and extensive archaeological investigations into the broader historical narrative, Kirch shows how the early Polynesian settlers of Hawai'i adapted to this new island landscape and created highly productive agricultural systems.

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