Cultures of the Pacific

Rather than a barrier, the sea has been a passageway of exploration, settlement, and exchange for the peoples of the Pacific. Among the world’s greatest, The Field Museum’s collections from Oceania have been the inspiration for influential advances in social and evolutionary theory.

Figure above: Network mapping of the genetic relationships of islanders in the southwest Pacific (Figure 7 from Terrell, John Edward. 2010. Social network analysis of the genetic structure of Pacific Islanders.  Annals of Human Genetics 74: 211-232)

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