By Thomas GLADWIN
Puluwat Atoll in Micronesia, with a inhabitants of just a couple of hundred proud seafaring humans, can satisfy anyone's romantic daydream of the South Seas. Thomas Gladwin has written a stunning and perceptive booklet which describes the complicated navigational structures of the Puluwat natives, but has performed so mostly to supply new insights into the consequences of poverty in Western cultures.
The cognitive process which allows the Puluwatans to sail their canoes with no tools over trackless expanses of the Pacific Ocean is subtle and complicated, but the Puluwat local might rating low on a standardized intelligence try out. the writer relates this discrepancy among functionality and measured talents to the academic difficulties of deprived young children. He provides his arguments easily and obviously, with delicate and precise descriptions and plenty of first-class illustrations. His publication will entice anthropologists, psychologists, and crusing fans alike.
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East Is a Big Bird: Navigation and Logic on Puluwat Atoll by Thomas GLADWIN