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    DescriptionThe remarkable story of Tupaia, Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator. Winner of NZ Post 2012 Best General Non - fiction Book Award. Tupaia, lauded by Europeans as 'an extraordinary genius', sailed with Captain Cook from Tahiti, piloted the Endeavour about the South Pacific, and interceded with Maori in NZ. Tupaia, a gifted linguist, a brilliant orator, and a most devious politician, could aptly be called the Machiavelli of Tahiti. Being highly skilled in astronomy, navigation, and meteorology, and an expert in the geography of the Pacific, he was able to name directional stars and predict landfalls and weather throughout the voyage from Tahiti to Java. Though he had no previous knowledge of writing or mapmaking, Tupaia drew a chart of the Pacific that encompassed every major group in Polynesia and extended more than 4,000 kilometres from the Marquesas to Rotuma and Fiji. He was also the ship's translator, able to communicate with all the Polynesian people they met. As a man of high social ranking, Tupaia performed as an able intermediary, interpreting local rituals and ceremonies. Joseph Banks is famous for his detailed, perceptive descriptions of the manners and customs of the Polynesian people. Much of the credit for this belongs to Tupaia. Not only did Tupaia become one of the ship's important artists, drawing lively pictures to illustrate what he described, but he could justly be called the Pacific's first anthropologist. Despite all this, Tupaia has never been part of the popular Captain Cook legend. This is largely because he died of complications from scurvy seven months before the ship arrived home. Once he was gone, his accomplishments were easily forgotten - indeed, by removing Tupaia from the story, what the Europeans had achieved seemed all the greater. This fascinating, handsome book also won the 2012 PANZ Book Design Award for best cover.


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    Title
    Tupaia
    Subtitle
    The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joan Druett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 604
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,034 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781459672093
    ISBN 10: 1459672097
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    DC21: 910.92
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: BIO023000, HIS053000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/OCEANA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000
    Edition
    Large type / large print
    Edition statement
    Large Print 16 pt
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
    Imprint name
    ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
    Publication date
    12 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Richmond, BC