Polynesia in Early Historic Times

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ISBN: 9781573061254

Polynesia in Early Historic Times presents a comprehensive and balanced description of major aspects of Polynesian cultures, using both the accounts of the European “discoverers” and up-to-date writings of archaeologists and anthropologists, brought together and summarized in nontechnical language by an anthropologist who has spent over 60 years observing, reading, and writing about the Polynesian people.


by Douglas Oliver


paperback   |   320 pages   |   8.5" x 11"   |   B&W


“A remarkable achievement. Oliver’s experience as a Pacific researcher is without parallel, his scholarship is impeccable, and he has achieved a major synthesis of our knowledge of pre-European Polynesia.”

Pacific Island Studies

“For a readable rundown on what to believe and not, you can’t do better than a new book by our distinguished dean of Pacific anthropologists- Doug Oliver.”

The Honolulu Advertiser

“Recommended for academic and large public libraries.”

Library Journal

“Oliver has not lost his observer’s edge or his writing skill. This is an intelligently produced and richly illustrated book about a people who explored a third of the earth’s surface before Columbus was even born.”

Pacific Magazine