We, the Navigators: Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific

We, the Navigators: Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific

by David Lewis (Author), Derek Oulton (Editor)


The second edition of David Lewis' classic book on Pacific navigation promises to satisfy yet again scholars and seafarers alike - and all others who have marveled at the ability of island mariners to navigate hundreds of miles of open ocean without instruments. The new edition includes a discussion of theories about traditional methods of navigation developed during the past two decades, the story of the renaissance of star navigation throughout the Pacific, and material about navigation system in Indonesia, Siberia, and the Indian Ocean.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 468
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Published: 31 Oct 1994

ISBN 10: 0824815823
ISBN 13: 9780824815820

Media Reviews
Intensely thorough ... An exhaustive examination of the pre-European navigational system which should fill any scholar's need ... Succeeds admirably.-- The Northern Mariner
The strength of this work lies with the islanders who instructed Lewis in their techniques of navigation.... Lewis successfully distills abstract navigational concepts into a well-organized and interesting text.... We, the Navigators is a work of great depth, and one of the most detailed investigations of an ancient art that is being lost forever. Through it one gains insight into the rich history of long-distance and inter-island voyaging in the Pacific.-- Mariners' Museum Journal