Extend the boundaries of your imagination.

 

The splendor of unique flora and fauna, the dramatic adventure of the Bounty, the heroism and arrogance of missionaries, the complex warrior code and striking tattoos of New Zealand's Maori tribes, contemporary Hawaiian fiction--all this and more make Polynesia a fascinating realm.  

 

Explore this site and find out why the Polynesian islands are extremely enchanting in their natural resources, traditions, arts, and  peoples.

 

 

POLYNESIA: CULTURES AND CONTACT ZONES  Credits            Handouts for FIU Course Version: Polynesia--Fiction, Film, & Culture

 

 

MAPS OF POLYNESIA

Maps

Other Map Sites

 

ORIGINS

Geological

Natural History

Human Migration Patterns

 

CONTACT & DISCOVERY

Timelines

Captain Cook

Captain Bligh: Overview

Captain Bligh: The Bounty Experience--A Resource Page

Imperialism

Beachcombers

Hawaiian Statehood

Maori History

Tourism

 

POLYNESIA & WESTERN CULTURE THEORY

Cannibals or Savages

Modern Anthropology

Western Fiction

 

HAWAIIAN & MAORIAN CULTURE

Myths & Religion

Material Culture in Museums

Contemporary Fiction & Poetry

Music & Dance

Tattooing
Maori Moko Facial Tattoos

Maori Death Rituals

 

WESTERN IMAGES OF POLYNESIA

Gauguin

Films: Mini-Reviews

Films: Scholarly Interpretations--Murnau's "Tabu"  

Films: Scholarly Interpretations--Hollywood and the Bounty

Aloha Shirts