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By K. Coates

An international historical past of Indigenous Peoples examines the heritage of the indigenous/tribal peoples of the area. The paintings spans the interval from the pivotal migrations which observed the peopling of the realm, examines the strategies during which tribal peoples validated themselves as break free surplus-based and extra fabric societies, and considers the impression of the regulations of domination and colonization which introduced dramatic switch to indigenous cultures. The publication covers either tribal societies plagued by the growth of ecu empires and people indigenous cultures prompted by means of the industrial and armed forces growth of non-European powers.

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Hundreds of years later, around 300 CE, migrants reached Easter Island and, about 100 years later, expanded northward to Hawaii. The expansion then doubled back on itself, reaching Aotearoa (New Zealand) somewhere around 900–1250 CE. Each expedition resulted in the establishment of a new society in the recently discovered islands, most of which were rich with fish and plant resources and which could easily hold substantial populations. The migrations themselves were of crucial importance to the newly established societies.

If anything, indigenous people have found new and innovative ways to remain distinctive despite the power of global economies, western ideologies, and colonial militaries, as is fairly common in Third World and decolonization situations. Europe is blamed for the historical and contemporary problems of former colonies, a process which is emotionally appealing and politically safe. It does not, however, necessarily help explain as much about the indigenous–expansionist contact experience as many writers and advocates believe.

Archeologists have relied on the traditional techniques of excavation to document population movements and to better understand their cultures. In more recent years, genetics and linguistics research have further clarified complex historic relationships and provided greater confidence as to the precise nature of migrations and societal contacts across the Pacific. Ethno-botanical research on the distribution of plants has proven of particular value in this region as it documents the carriage of food sources – taro, sugar cane, bamboo, yam, banana, coconut, and sweet Peopling the Earth 39 potato, among others – by the migrants and offers compelling evidence of the movement of peoples throughout the Pacific.

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