Out of the Blue

Four thousand years ago, after a long migratory push out of Southeast Asia, settlers arrived in Tonga, Samoa, and eastern Fiji. All the basic forms of Polynesian society and culture were formed here. While regional political power consolidated in Tahiti, expansion continued. Parties of tattooed explorer-warriors and breedable girls loaded onto streamlined twin-hulled voyaging canoes, some up to 15...

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