Fijian people are the major indigenous people of the Fiji Islands, and live in an area informally called Melanesia. The original settlers are now called "Lapita people" after a distinctive pottery produced locally. Lapita pottery was found in the area from 800 BC onward.

Fijian people live in an area called Melanesia and are also called Lapita people after a type of pottery found in the area since 800 yrs.

Pacific migration routes - The ancestors of modern-day Māori made their way from the South-East Asian and Micronesian regions into what came to be known as Polynesia in the Pacific. They travelled northwards to Hawaii and to Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east. They also made their way to New Zealand.

Researching Polynesian DNA which is now supporting what our oral traditions mention of our ancestors' long voyages across the Pacific

Portrait and profile views of Juan Tepano, 1880s.   Engravings after the drawing of Hjalmar Stolpe, a Swedish ethnographer.

Rapanui/Easter Island - Portrait of Juan Tepano, Engravings after the drawing of Hjalmar Stolpe, a Swedish ethnographer.

Lapita Patterns  The Lapita culture emerged in Oceania around 1500 BC in the north east of Papua New Guinea, Solomon islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fidji... And is linked to the austronesians people. They are well known for their pottery and its typical patterns.

Lapita Patterns The Lapita culture emerged in Oceania around 1500 BC in the north east of Papua New Guinea, Solomon islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fidji... And is linked to the austronesians people. They are well known for their pottery and its typical patterns.

Lapita Fragment

A reconstruction of a 3,000 year old lapita skull from Fiji.

A reconstruction of a year old lapita skull from Fiji.

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Lapita Fragment and Engraving, Archeology, Wednesday, October Terra cotta fragment. long history in tatau

colour photo of kneeling figure carved from red stone, head splashed with white. A triangular hill is in the background and the sea in the top right

Tukuturi at Rano Raraku is the only kneeling moai and one of the few made of red scoria.

Shell artefacts and shell-working within the Lapita Cultural Complex (Kat Szabo) - Academia.edu

Shell artefacts and shell-working within the Lapita Cultural Complex (Kat Szabo) - Academia.

052 1800s  Hawaiian Polynesian Basalt stone carved ancestor statue / head

on sale 052 Hawaiian Polynesian Basalt stone carved ancestor statue / head

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petroglyphs-ana-o-keke-virgin-cave-entrance.jpg (1090×732)

Stock Photo : Unique kneeling 'tukaturi' moai, discovered by Thor Heyerdahl, Easter Island.

Stock Photo : Unique kneeling 'tukaturi' moai, discovered by Thor Heyerdahl, Easter Island.

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