Sumary of The Maori Vision of Antarctica’s Future:
- To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.The voyager Hui Te Rangiora, the story goes, had sailed his vessel south in the early seventh century in search of new lands when something alien appeared on the horizon.
- Hui Te Rangiora had sailed his vessel from the tropics to Antarctica.The ethnologist Stephenson Percy Smith reached this conclusion in 1899, when he wrote about this Polynesian narrative in a history of the Maori people, the early Polynesian settlers of New Zealand.
- Smith identified the bare rocks as icebergs, the wavy tresses as brown strands of bull kelp and the deep-diving animal as a sea lion or walrus.
- Watene said.Early voyages southIn early June, when the authors’ first paper came out, the media seized on the suggestion that Hui Te Rangiora may have reached Antarctica as early as the seventh century.
- “It’s actually about these linkages that have gone on for many hundreds of years and will go on into the future.”Similarly, the researchers were not the first to learn that Maori voyagers may have reached Antarctica so long ago;
- She and her colleagues relied on the archive of oral tradition to understand the early connection between Maori and Antarctica.“People have very clear transmission roots of the knowledge and very sure methods for passing on information,” Dr.
- Fox pointed to a traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe built in 1975 that has sailed around the world using traditional Polynesian way-finding techniques.
- Watene said.The team also consulted traditional carvings, some of which depict Hui Te Rangiora’s voyage and the presence of the southern oceans in early Polynesian seafarers’ navigational maps of the sky.