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David Lewis has zig-zaged the Pacific in modern yachts and traditional canoes. His broad experience and long resarch, using his own and many schoolars data, has made this a good analysis and documentation of the extremly impressing and interesting phenomenon of ancient and present voyaging in the Pacific. Others, specially anthropologists fieldworking in the Central Carolines of Micronesia, had written about the presently used Micronesian voyaging system, others less throughly about the forgotten polynesian,but Lewis mangage to give a synthesis of the technologies and some of the social aspects of traditional voyaging in the Pacific
.. this book tells you how the stone age polynesians navigated in the vast Pacific.
The reseach is immaculate: Mr. Lewis found the last indigenous navigators, learned their techniques and sailed with them. This book is almost the sole document of the greatest navigators in history, and so wonderfully written that you forget it is a scientific work
"We, The Navigators" is one of the first books written about polynesian navigation over great distances without benefit of any instruments except the senses of the navigators. The polynesians steered by the stars, sun, swell patterns, wind, birds, clouds, phosphorescence in the sea. "The Navigators" began training as soon as they were weened and had to memorize thousands of factors to enable then to reach islands that their ancestors had been traveling to for generations. This book is a great source for both scholars and sailors. However; be warned that if you don't have some knowledge of sailing and navigation you may not fully appreciate "We, the Navigators"
A triumph! Lewis's "hands-on" investigation of ancient sailing tchniques in the Pacific now includes a description of a renaissance in celestial navigation in Polynesia. The old way, the way of passing on knowledge of sighting stars and zenith stars, is once again being passed on from one generation to another. For an exciting investigation into star paths recreated on land in Central America (as they are on islands such as Arorae in the Pacific) read ATLANTIS IN AMERICA: NAVIGATORS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD, by Ivar Zapp and George Erikson.
Wo geht's 'lang ? Und immer mit einem Boot. Weing hilfreich für mich; denn ich hab nur den Emscherseitenkanal für nautische Abenteuer : ab und zu guck ich einem Angler zu. So greif ich besser zu Izaak Walton.