"POLYNESIAN OUTLIERS: The State of the Art"
|Sponsor: ETHNOLOGY: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology|
ETHNOLOGY / 3310 Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA 15260 USA
“Polynesia” includes thousands of islands, most arranged in a rough triangle bounded by Hawai‘i, New Zealand, and Easter Island. Outside this triangle, in the western Pacific, lie about two dozen islands, rather small and widely separated, whose inhabitants speak Polynesian languages. These are the Polynesian outliers. Because of their geographic isolation and other factors, many experienced little European contact until relatively recently, making them crucial for the comparative study of Polynesia. Who are these peoples? Where did they originate, and how did they come to settle in these remote islands? What is their relationship to the better-known Polynesian cultures? Can they, in some way, be thought of as representing Polynesian society before it became permanently altered by contact with Europeans? This volume explores these and other questions and provides the first synthetic, comparative treatment of the Polynesian outliers.
|Keywords: Polynesian Outliers | Pacific islands | Comparative ethnography|
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