Author Beamer, Kamanamaikalani, author
Title Islands and cultures : how Pacific Islands provide paths toward sustainability / Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Te Maire Tau, Peter M. Vitousek
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2022]
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  GF851 .B43 2022    AVAILABLE    30520020919131
Descript xi, 228 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"Humans began to settle the area we know as Polynesia between 3,000 and 800 years ago, bringing with them material culture, including plants and animals, and ideas about societal organization, and then adapting to the specific biophysical features of the islands they discovered. The authors of this book analyze the formation of their human-environment systems using oral histories, biophysical evidence, and historical records, arguing that the Polynesian islands can serve as useful models for how human societies in general interact with their environments. The islands' clearly defined (and relatively isolated) environments, comparatively recent discovery by humans, and innovative and dynamic societies allow for insights not available when studying other cultures. Kamana Beamer, Te Maire Tau, and Peter Vitousek have collaborated with a dozen other scholars, many of them Polynesian, to show how these cultures adapted to novel environments in the past and how we can draw insights for global sustainability today."--Publisher description
Subject Human ecology -- Islands of the Pacific
Sustainability -- Islands of the Pacific
Alt Author Tau, Te Maire, author
Vitousek, Peter Morrison, author