This deals with the views of Geoffrey Irwin on how kumara (sweet potato) got to Polynesia from S America. He is one of the few establishment Polynesian scholars who tried to consider this important question honestly. Almost all others prefer to pretend that this problem doesn't exist, and they've been avoiding it assiduously!
Here are the latest additions to this subject from summer of '98.
New Easter Island and Polynesia files:
In this article, I respond to criticism from Greg. He complained that Heyerdahl seemed to ignore megalithic masonry elsewhere in Polynesia. Greg's criticism was partly justified, but it certainly cannot invalidate Heyerdahl's larger thesis.
Since my critics found more connections between EI and the rest of Polynesia than it was previously thought existed, Heyerdahl's thesis seemed to be in trouble. Here I explain why this is not really so, and what Heyerdahl's larger thesis actually is.
Here I point to some real problems in the mainstream view of Polynesian prehistory. Surprisingly enough, there are too many troubling uncertainties in this area. Dumbing down Polynesian history.
This file adds up to the general picture of the Polynesian history. This is an alternative view that the mainstream scholars don't want to hear. What emerges here is that there was an early phase of Polynesian history associated with ocean-raft navigation and megalithic construction. These raft-navigators were coming from South America.