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An Introduction to Polynesian Anthropology

The Polynesian Outliers

The Polynesian Outliers

As already stated, the Polynesian outliers in Melanesia should be studied in conjunction with Polynesia. Though the literature cited shows that much has been done, a systematic survey is justified not only for the marginal islands which have been enumerated, but to follow up any traces of Polynesian elements on any of the larger Melanesian islands. Much additional Polynesian study material would be revealed by a systematic survey of Melanesia. In such a survey, particular attention should be devoted to physical anthropology and the technology of the arts and crafts. The islands which have received least attention are Rennell and Bellona, and these might well form the first points for future operations. Each group should be studied island by island before moving on to the next group. It is to be hoped that other institutions will do for Melanesia what Bishop Museum has done for Polynesia.