9780674224261-0674224264-East is a Big Bird: Navigation and Logic on Puluwat Atoll

East is a Big Bird: Navigation and Logic on Puluwat Atoll

ISBN-13: 9780674224261
ISBN-10: 0674224264
Author: Gladwin, Thomas
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 260 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674224261
ISBN-10: 0674224264
Author: Gladwin, Thomas
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 260 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Gladwin, Thomas wrote East is a Big Bird: Navigation and Logic on Puluwat Atoll comprising 260 pages back in 1995. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674224264 and 9780674224261. Since then East is a Big Bird: Navigation and Logic on Puluwat Atoll textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Puluwat Atoll in Micronesia, with a population of only a few hundred proud seafaring people, can fulfill anyone's romantic daydream of the South Seas. Thomas Gladwin has written a beautiful and perceptive book which describes the complex navigational systems of the Puluwat natives, yet has done so principally to provide new insights into the effects of poverty in Western cultures.

The cognitive system which enables the Puluwatans to sail their canoes without instruments over trackless expanses of the Pacific Ocean is sophisticated and complex, yet the Puluwat native would score low on a standardized intelligence test. The author relates this discrepancy between performance and measured abilities to the educational problems of disadvantaged children. He presents his arguments simply and clearly, with sensitive and detailed descriptions and many excellent illustrations. His book will appeal to anthropologists, psychologists, and sailing enthusiasts alike.

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