Voices on the wind, traces in the earth: Integrating oral narrative and archaeology in Polynesian history

  title={Voices on the wind, traces in the earth: Integrating oral narrative and archaeology in Polynesian history},
  author={Patrick V. Kirch},
  journal={Journal of the Polynesian Society},
  • P. Kirch
  • Published 1 September 2018
  • History
  • Journal of the Polynesian Society
Polynesian societies have long been noted for encoding their histories in the form of oral narratives. While some narratives are clearly cosmogonic or mythological in nature, others purportedly recount the affairs of real persons, chronologically indexed to chiefly and family genealogies. Late 19th- and early 20th-century scholars such as Abraham Fornander and Te Rangi Hiroa relied upon such oral narratives to write the pre-European histories of various Polynesian societies. In the second half… 

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