Pacific Navigation and Voyaging

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The Polynesian Society is a non-profit organization based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, dedicated to the scholarly study of the history, ethnography, and mythology of Oceania. The society was co-founded in 1892 by Stephenson Percy Smith and Edward Tregear, largely in response to a conviction, widely held at the time, that the Maori and other Polynesian peoples were a dying race. Smith and his friends hoped that it would help to preserve the traditional lore of the Maori before it disappeared and provide scholars with a forum for learned discussion of their ethnographic research. The Society published the quarterly "Journal of the Polynesian Society". The nautical feats of the Polynesians have long evoked the curiosity and admiration of writers who created a perhaps too romantic picture of their canoes, seamanship and navigational expertise. This view was challenged by a Society member in 1956. In response to this, the Society's journal organised a series of papers which were reprinted into this book as a memoir.

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