Polynesia *** South Seas


Though the term Polynesia was familiar to me, I really didn't know where it was or what countries it defined. It wasn't until I worked on the coloring book Life in Ancient Polynesia (see below) that I got a clear understanding of the geographical area that comprised the countries and ethnic groups known as Polynesian. They are not countries at all, but all islands located in the South Pacific, a triangular-shaped area made up of over 1,000 islands from (and including) Hawaii to New Zealand. Other major islands include Tahiti, (French Polynesia, located within the Society Islands), Samoa, Tonga, and Easter Island where those magnificent ancient stone monoliths are found.

In addition, I will include on this page all the countries and islands shown in the picture below.

Map of Polynesia

Here is an excerpt from my review of the Life in Ancient Polynesia Coloring Book

It begins with the first people who migrated from Southeast Asia, (Southern Mongoloids), who set out across the Pacific Ocean to Melanesia, in about 3000 B.C. In about 1500 B.C., they set out east, and began settling in Samoa and Tonga. As populations grew and territorial wars began, groups of people set out to the other islands. The central islands are the Society Islands, (which includes Tahiti), and the Marquesas. Around A.D. 500, others sailed southeast to Rapa Nui, now known as Easter Island, and northeast to Hawaii. Still others went to the extreme southwest corner of the triangle and landed at New Zealand. The entire triangle takes up over 10 million square miles, and the complete migration took over 2000 years. Interesting stuff!

Wikipedia has a very long and detailed article about Polynesia as a whole, and specific information about many of the islands. In addition, there are numerous links for additional information as usual. Map above, courtesy of Wikipedia.


Books Pertaining to or Set in Polynesia


The Blue Lagoon
A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia
In Search of the Castaways; Or, The Children of Captain Grant
The Moon and Sixpence
Odd John and Sirius: Two Science-Fiction Novels by Olaf Stapledon
A Rogue's Life
Typee: A Romance of the South Seas


Great Speeches on Gay Rights
In the South Seas
Mutiny on the Bounty
Myths and Legends of the Polynesians

Australian Author

The Ladies of Missalonghi


Collections with at least one South Sea Story

Brown Wolf and Other Jack London Stories
Just So Stories
Rain and Other South Sea Stories
South Sea Tales


Coloring Books

Life in Ancient Polynesia
South Pacific Seafarers


Paul Gauguin *Artist*

Gauguin's Intimate Journals
Noa Noa: The Tahitian Journal


Paul Gauguin: Tahitian Landscape

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