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History: Polynesia


Andre Michels Library, ST. PETER CLAVER COLLEGE, Riverview, Queensland, Australia

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Primary Sources



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Maori Art :

Say ‘kia ora’ to the indomitable Maori peoples and learn about their eye-catching artistic forms and practices.

This is a visual feast that begins with the Maori migration to The Land of the Long White Cloud and ends in present day New Zealand, where time-tested art making methods are still practiced.

This celebration of Maori art reveals a vibrant and enduring tradition that intertwines beauty, belief, strength and fear.

Primary and Secondary... What's the Difference?

Primary Sources in a nutshell

  • Original object or document written or created during time under study
  • Raw material or first-hand information
  • Examples: historical and legal documents, eyewitness accounts, interviews, autobiographies, journals, newspapers

Secondary Sources in a nutshell

  • Documents that interprets and analyses primary sources
  • Examples: textbooks, magazine articles, histories, encyclopedias


Mau Piailug Society
Hundreds of years ago, Pacific Islanders used voyaging canoes to travel. They developed navigation techniques to steer across the ocean without instruments or charts. The Marshall Islands is a nation in the western Pacific. The land is formed from low-lying coral atolls and islands. Western researchers have studied Marshallese canoe construction and navigation techniques, including their unique understanding of wave patterns

Polynesian explorers: Packing a Waka

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What did the first Polynesian explorers bring with them when they reached New Zealand shores more than 800 years ago.


Khan Academy: Art History

Digital Libraries: Many early explorersʻ accounts may be available in full-text through one of these digital libraries.

Images of Polynesia

Art and Crafts