Without seafaring canoes deep sea sailing skills and
ability to navigate by naked eye observations of the stars and sea and bird life there would been no Polynesian people as we now them today These islanders are as much a creation of their voyaging technology as
the ability to navigate by naked eye observations of the stars and sea and bird life there would
they were creators of it Had they and their ancestors not developed this technology and associated sailing and were creators of it Had they and their ancestors not developed this technology and associated sailing and skills the ancestral Polynesians could never have ventured out into the middle of the pacific to find and settle so many islands and thereby develop
into a sizable and culturally distinct peoplethere are a sizable and culturally distinct peopleThere are few out of the way Polynesian islands where some facets of the old maritime tradition apparently survive to. .
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Anuta A Tiny Volcanica tiny volcanic Island Located Within though located within Solomon Islands of Melanesia is populated by Polynesians Because of the small size of the island its remoteness and its lack of commercially viable resources Anutans there still live close to the traditional pattern of their ancestors They make and sail their canoes in or less the same way that their ancestors did and the sea so pervades their lives that much can be learned of the way Polynesians have adapted to their oceanic environment by looking at how Anutans interact with the sea from the Foreword by Ben Finney Professor of Anthropology University of Hawaii After fourteen months of field research in 1972 73 and an.