After six years of research, two German professors believe Tahitian navigator Tupaia’s map of the Pacific, once thought to be “unreadable,” was “fully understandable”.
And in another “breakthrough”, the Potsdam University researchers, Lars Eckstein and Anja Schwarz, believe the map, co-produced by Captain James Cook, was completed when Cook’s ship the Endeavour was anchored at Queen Charlotte Sound.
Schwarz said she “firmly believed” their views about the 248-year-old map, and they had evidence to back up their theories.
Tupaia took part in Cook’s first voyage as a navigator and translator, and was “highly regarded” by the Endeavour captain, and drew the map between 1769 and 1770, she said.
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Michael Norris’ new work Mātauranga (Rerenga) is inspired by Captain James Cook’s first encounters with Māori in 1769.