New Zealand’s Māori may have been first to discover Antarctica, study suggests

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Māori may have been the first to discover Antarctica, with connections to the icy continent and its surrounding oceans stretching back to the seventh century, researchers say.

A new paper by University of Otago combines literature and oral histories, and concludes that Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, were likely the first people to explore Antarctica’s surrounding waters, and possibly the continent in the distance.

They write that Māori and Polynesian journeys to the deep south have been occurring for a long time, perhaps as far back as the seventh century, and are recorded in a variety of oral traditions.

According to the oral histories of Māori tribal groups Ngāti Rārua and Te Āti Awa, the first human to travel to the Antarctic was the Polynesian explorer Hui Te Rangiora.

The researchers write that “Polynesian narratives of voyaging between the islands include voyaging into Antarctic waters by Hui Te Rangiora … and his crew on the vessel Te Ivi o Atea, likely in the early seventh century”. According to oral traditions, they named that ocean Te tai-uka-a-pia – the frozen ocean, with “pia” referring to arrowroot, which when scraped looks like snow.

Records of polynesian oral histories from 1899 describe the journey there, recalling “the monstrous seas; the female that dwells in those mountainous waves, whose tresses wave about in the water and on the surface of the sea, the frozen sea of pia, with the deceitful animal of the sea who dives to great depths – a foggy, misty, and dark place not seen by the sun.

“Other things are like rocks, whose summits pierce the skies, they are completely bare and without vegetation on them.” SP Smith, who recorded the oral histories, says that the stories may describe Southern Ocean bull-kelp, marine mammals, and icebergs.

Later, researchers say, Māori sailor Te Atu is often described as the first Māori, as well as the first New Zealander, to view the coast of Antarctica in 1840. His trip on the Vincennes mapped miles of Antarctic coastline as part of the United States Exploring Expedition.

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev are often credited as the first explorers to have discovered the continent of Antarctica. In 1820, they came upon the Fimbul Ice Shelf.

Project lead Dr Priscilla Wehi said in a release that “We found connection to Antarctica and its waters have been occurring since the earliest traditional voyaging”. She said that “Taking account of responsibilities to under-represented groups, and particularly Māori … is important for both contemporary and future programmes of Antarctic research”.

The researchers also conducted a review of ongoing Māori involvement with, and journeys to, Antarctica, noting that “Narratives of under-represented groups and their connection to Antarctica remain poorly documented and acknowledged”.

The paper, ‘A short scan of Māori journeys to Antarctica’ was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
 

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Obviously, the sea nigger saw New Zealand or something. They said the savage crossed 4000 miles of open water to Antarctica and returned 500 years before anyone set foot on New Zealand.

New Zealand is one of the last major landmasses settled by humans. Radiocarbon dating, evidence of deforestation[29] and mitochondrial DNA variability within Māori populations[30] suggest that Eastern Polynesians first settled the New Zealand archipelago between 1250 and 1300,[23][31] although newer archaeological and genetic research points to a date no earlier than about 1280, with at least the main settlement period between about 1320 and 1350.

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According to oral traditions, they named that ocean Te tai-uka-a-pia – the frozen ocean, with “pia” referring to arrowroot, which when scraped looks like snow.

x for doubt those ocean apes even knew what snow and ice was. Is there one single Stratovolcano in Polynesia with a snow cap?

Do those people even have a word for "shirt" or "coat"?

This is just another attack on Whites.
 
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I've always found it amusing that despite living in Africa for millions of years, the negroes never discovered that f----g gigantic island Madagascar lying off the African coast, which instead was first located by Arabs. How the f--k can anyone fail to discover something that big???!!!
 

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I've always found it amusing that despite living in Africa for millions of years, the negroes never discovered that f----g gigantic island Madagascar lying off the African coast, which instead was first located by Arabs. How the f--k can anyone fail to discover something that big???!!!
Well, you would first need to be able to comprehend the concepts of buoyancy and displacement, then you would need to have the where-with-all to manipulate the natural resources around you to build nets and sails, then you would have to have an understanding of how to navigate using fixed objects in the sky, next you would have to have the patience and cooperation to live in a stressful environment with others of your kind for extended periods of time, finally and most importantly - you would need to possess a curiosity drive powerful enough to plan all of this out long term so you could one day sail into the unknown.

Given those criteria, I haven't even met a mulatto that would be capable of finding Madagascar.
 

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This is one of the benefits of never having created a written language. You get to pretend you have "oral traditions" that say whatever it is you want them to say at the moment. NA natives pull this garbage all the time as well.

These Polynesian types at least had boats figured out so they are head and shoulders above niggers and Australian abos in that regard.

Nonetheless they are all just animals, they didn't discover anything that whales and sharks hadn't already discovered.
 
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