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This is an auction for NOMADS OF THE WIND: A NATURAL HISTORY OF POLYNESIA by Peter Crawford.

"Author and principal photographer Crawford is the writer and executive producer of a BBC television series, Nomads of the Wind. This companion volume focuses on the ecology and anthropology of Polynesia, those Pacific Islands bounded on the southeast by Easter Island, on the north by Hawaii, and on the southwest by New Zealand. Crawford traces the migration of plants, animals, and human beings from island group to island group, looking at how settlers changed the indigenous habitat by bringing important food plants and livestock with which they established sustainable colonies. In some cases, settlers totally altered the native ecosystem. Crawford "island hops" from Tahiti westward to Fiji, eastward to the Marquesas, and northward to Hawaii, ending in New Zealand, the most recently settled Polynesian Islands."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"Accompanying a BBC series, this book tells the story of the Polynesians, a tenacious, voyaging people who sailed across the Pacific and discovered the paradise islands of the South Seas. Using the wind and navigating by the stars, they crossed thousands of miles of ocean in search of new lands such as Tahiti, Samao and New Zealand. The book explores the colourful plant and animal life which, like the Polynesians themselves, settled every speck of land in this extraordinary island world."

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Large format BBC hardback 2003.

272 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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