A Brief Encounter Many Centuries Ago

Klar, Kathryn A.
July 2009
News from Native California;Summer2009, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p7
The article focuses on the possibility of a prehistoric contact between Polynesians and Americans based on the similarities between the sewn-plank canoes of Southern California, Tierra del Fuego and Polynesia. The linguistic evidence sought by scholars for years was published in a report on the prehistory of the plank canoe by Terry L. Jones and Kathryn A. Klar. Three words isolated by Jones and Klar that are used in Eastern Polynesian maritime vocabulary include TIA, TALAI and TUMU RAA'AU.


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