THE STORY OF THE LAST ANCIENT HUMAN MIGRATION: THE POLYNESIANS CONQUERING THE LARGEST OCEAN IN THE WORLD, THE PACIFIC OCEAN, TO FIND THEIR RESPECTIVE KINGDOMS IN POLYNESIA

The Name: NAVIGATORS

"Archipelago of the Navigators" was coined legally by the French Explorer Louis-Antoine Bougainville when he first encountered and landed in Taū, Manu'a and Samoa on 03 May 1768.

About:

The story of the migration of the Polynesian Navigators (Samoan and Manu'an) across the East Pacific 3150 years ago. And forging a culture and founding a nation in isolation.

Told in a three book series:

1st book:
Navigators: Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia to be released in November 2020.
Edited by Sheila Deeth
Foreword by Papali'i Dr. Failautusi Avegalio
Afterword by Vui Asiata Dr. Toeutu Fa'aleava

2nd book:
Navigators: Forging a Culture and Founding a Nation to be published 2nd quarter 2021.

3rd book:
Navigators' Return: God's "Charge of the Light Brigade" Missionaries to the Melanesian to be published 4th Quarter 2021.

The Journey:

Tracing the Navigators' Migration path requires traversing through various sciences including anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, linguistics, genetics, ethology, comparative mythology and culture, geography, astronomy and others.

It's an Orator Chief's journey to herald his ancient ancestors' mystery migration and their building of a culture in isolation. Read it. It is a personal perspective from a custodian (Chief) of an ancient culture.

The Author:

Ariu Levi

Fata Ariu Levi has been an Orator Chief for over 38 years for his village of Afega in the Tuamasaga district of Upolu Island, Samoa. Ariu Levi, as he is known in business, is a serial entrepreneur and active investor in financial services technology startups for all of his professional career since leaving banking many years ago. He cofounded a U. S. Payments Technology publicly traded company on NASDAQ and was a Vice President in the 2nd largest financial institution in the United States. He has been directing large scale software architecture infrastructure platform developments and implementing large scale legacy digital transformation projects in the last 20 years since early years of the Web paradigm.

Book Reviews

Navigators Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia
By Fata Ariu Levi

The author, a Samoan Orator Chief, states he has an ‘aerial survey’ approach to the history and culture of Samoans and Manu’ans in the context of the overall Polynesian race. There certainly is a great deal in the book about these peoples - such as their maritime migrations, oral histories and myths, rulers, cultures, and languages. However, this publication is about much more. It includes tracing the peoples out of Africa eventually ending in the South Pacific area and beyond. It further takes in geography, religion, genetics/DNA, linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, cultural diffusion, and number of other fields. As the author pointed out “I am far from an expert in any of the fields that I will traverse, but I will stay true to and honest to the sources of the materials that help illuminate my conviction and beliefs about why, how and when these Polynesians crossed several continents, and their ocean in the world.” And he certainly has done his work in researching and drawing upon specialists and publications across many fields and disciplines. For those who would be interested in an introduction to many of these areas this book is very insightful.

While not a professional, I have had courses, training and involvement in archaeological excavations and related laboratory work (and with anthropology to a lessor extent). Thus I have a great interest in many of the fields he covers. From this publication I learned much about the subjects the author includes and how they link to peoples and tie into their cultures.

To me the work he has done is most relevant for Samoans and Manu’ans and other Polynesian peoples who would do very well to learn from this book. And it provides much background material for those interested in the peoples and cultures in Asia, India and other areas.

Al Newnam

November 1, 2020:

eBook is available on Amazon Kindle


Description from Amazon

A mystery migration across the East Pacific; a story that traverses science, history and mythology; a tale that awakens the spirit of adventure and reveals a search for freedom and a homeland!

Written by an Orator Chief and native Samoan, a patient teacher of the Island Nation’s history, culture, genealogy, religious rituals, and language, with a passion for research, this book builds on a plethora of scientific studies from the last 250 years, from the day Ferdinand Magellan first discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1519.

Postulating the origin of the Polynesian migration has been a conundrum compounded by the fragmentation of the studies undertaken. But author and Orator Fata Ariu Levi coalesces the results and connects the dots of diverse studies to weave a complex tapestry and reveal the ocean floor’s multi-colored mosaic of the Navigators’ cultural development , history, language and ethnicity.

Follow a Polynesian migration; out of Africa, out of the Levant, out of the Pontic-Caspian steppe, out of the Eurasian steppe, out of India, out of mainland China, out of the Asiatic Archipelago, out of the Malay archipelago, out of the Indonesian archipelago, crossing the Wallace Line into the Bismarck Archipelago, and on to East Pacific Ocean.

Explore the physical sciences: anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, Pacific Ocean geology, the ecosystem of Southeast Asia and more. Add the social sciences: cultural functionalism and structuralism, social organization. Follow ethnological studies of the Navigators’—Samoans’ and Manu’ans’—cultural, economic, heath, and well-being in isolation dating back to the Neolithic period.

Discover one of the oldest languages in the world, and see how language morphology, phonology, particle verbs, and sentence structures reveal the path of Polynesian, Proto-Austronesian, Proto-Indo-European, and even Sanskrit languages—languages of the RigVedas, and of the Dravidians—agglutinative as opposed to inflectional.

Then look at the wonders of DNA sequencing of the Samoan genome—mtDNA revealing a matrilineal family and social structure, Y-chromosome markers revealing the Samoan chieftain structure for leadership and management development.

Orators are the poets of the Polynesian Navigators, delivering messages from ancient ancestors. They are custodians of culture and the operational management of the family organization. And Chiefs are the master storytellers of the culture’s mythology, legends, folklore, and family genealogy. And the myths reveal the history.

With the guidance of Orator Chief, Fata Ariu Levi, discover the timeline of the Polynesian Navigators’ migration, with waves of voyages following that first migration out of Africa around 60,000 years ago—journeys into the Asiatic Archipelago, Indonesia, and the Malay archipelago before the last Glacial Maximum, when the Sahul Shelf was part of Australian continent. Learn how the Austronesian-speaking people were an amalgamation of migrants into the Asiatic Archipelago. Meet the Seafaring population of the coastal line from Taiwan to Madagascar off the coast of East Africa. And follow the Navigators to Polynesia.

It is the land of Mythology.

November 4, 2020:

Paperback is available on Amazon


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April 29, 2021:

Kirkus Review

A debut nonfiction work explores the history of Samoan settlement.

The settling of Polynesia is perhaps the greatest achievement in human migration—and also one of its greatest mysteries. The timeline and manner in which people came to inhabit the scattered islands of the Pacific Ocean remain subjects for debate, even with the advent of modern research. “The story of the Polynesian’s great migration is a mystery that scientists have been trying to unravel for the last two hundred years,” writes Levi.
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Midwest Book Review

Expertly written and presented by an Orator Chief and native Samoan, an experienced teacher of the Island Nation's history, culture, genealogy, religious rituals, and language, with a passion for research, "Navigators Quest For A Kingdom In Polynesia" builds on a plethora of scientific studies from the last 250 years, from the day Ferdinand Magellan first discovered the Pacific Ocean in 1519.
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News

Manu'a orator launches a book detailing the migration of the Navigators across the East Pacific Ocean

Mon, 12/14/2020 - 12:36pm

Manu'a Islands, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoan Orator Chief, Fata Ariu Levi, invites you to join him on a journey through science and history as he announces the fulfilment of his lifelong ambition in the release of his book: Navigators Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia.

This account describes the last ancient human migration across the largest body of water in the world, on a journey to discover and colonize the over 8,000 islands of Polynesia, connecting the Asian and American continents during the Neolithic period. It reveals the anatomy of the Polynesian Navigators’ (Samoan) migration from Asia to the East Pacific. And it shows how understanding human migration and/or immigration can enlighten us on the subliminal changing colors of our cultural mosaic identity.

No ancient human migration mystery has been studied, theorized upon, and written about more than the Polynesian journey across Eastern Pacific. Now, finally, a sedulous effort by a culture expert and custodian of Samoan history, language, genealogy, and mythology weaves a multi-threaded motif through the story of the Samoan’s arduous journey across the Pacific Ocean. The author coalesces ideas and connects the dots of a plethora of scientific studies and evidence, postulating and confirming the path of the Navigators’ migration.

What people are saying:

Papali'i Dr.Failautusi Avegalio, author of the foreword and Director of the Pacific Business Center Program, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii System, Hawaii says, “Our understanding of how an ancient primitive culture and people define personal freedom and identity vis-a-vis family, tribal, cultural, national identity and responsibility is vital to the reconcilement of our diversity and coming to grips with our coexistence and sustainability.”

Author Fata Ariu Levi tells us, “All human migrations endure the same plight, all across the globe. Whether it's the Polynesian Navigators crossing the Pacific Ocean, or the African-American Great migration from the Southern States to the Northern States of the United States of America, or the migration from North Africa to Europe, or the immigration from South and Central America into North America, the anatomy of the psychology and sociology of how humans endure extreme physical and mental hardship remains the same. However, drawing from parallel experiences of the past can guide us through how we weave the new threads of our metaphorical, colorful, cultural tapestry.”

And Kathleen Fish, Executive Director of the Salem Multicultural Institute-World Beat, Salem, Oregon and host of the Zoom interview of Fata Ariu Levi on his book launch adds that, "Cultivating and reaffirming our multicultural diversity is a focus and priority."

Author Bio:

In a career spanning over 40 years in payments and financial services technology initiatives, Fata Ariu Levi (or Ariu Levi) is an enterprise software infrastructure platform technology entrepreneur; cofounder of several information financial services technology companies, including the largest banking wholesale payment technology platform that was listed on the NASDAQ financial market and is now privately owned by Finastra, one of the largest financial services technology companies in the world. He was in senior management at Bank of America in charge of global payments and short-term liquidity management. For the past 20 years Fata Ariu Levi has been assisting large enterprises in information technology transformation initiative implementation.

Book Information:

Navigators Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia is now available on Amazon in e-book and paperback; soon to be available at other locations—look for it on Walmart.com, in Target, and wherever good books are sold.


Samoa News Article

Afega orator and Vaimoso native Fata Ariu Levi has penned a book “Navigators’ Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia” that charts Polynesian seafarers’ ancient migration across the Eastern Pacific.

No ancient human migration mystery has been studied, theorized upon and written about more than the Polynesian journey across the Eastern Pacific, said Fata who lives in Salem, Oregon in the United States of America. Scientists and academia have been waiting for a book like this, the story of ancient Polynesian migrations written from the perspective of experts in Samoan culture, he told the Samoa Observer in an interview. “The scientists (social and physical sciences) and the academic world are waiting to hear from the culture, for example, Samoa and the people of American Samoa and Manu’a,” Fata said.

Two additional matai contributed to the publication: Papali’i Dr. Failautusi Avegalio from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Vui Asiata Dr. Toeutu Faaleava at Portland State University in Oregon. “My strategy was to bookend my narrative with two high chiefs that have Ph.Ds and are active in the academic field,” he said. “Thus, Papali'i Dr. Failautusi Avegalio of the University of Hawaii wrote the foreword and High Chief Vui Asiata Dr. Toeutu Fa'aleava of Portland State University at Portland, Oregon wrote the afterword,” Fata said. As matai, Fata says, they hold important responsibilities – including custodians of the country’s culture, history, language, genealogy and heirlooms of the culture such as land, titles and property rights.

He commutes often between the United States and Samoa to fulfill his obligations as a matai of Afega. Fata was bestowed his in 1992. “Orators are the poets of the Polynesian navigators, delivering messages from ancient ancestors. They are custodians of culture and the operational management of the family organisation,” he said.

The book describes chiefs as the master storytellers of the culture’s mythology, legends, folklore, and family genealogy. Its description promises to offer readers a chronology of Polynesian Navigators’ migration, through waves of voyages from Taiwan to Madagascar following a first migration out of Africa around 60,000; through Asia; the archipelagos of southeast Asia all before the Australasian continent we know today had formed. The book describes how Austronesian-speaking people were an amalgamation of migration into Asia’s archipelagos. Fata was born in Vaimoso and attended Seventh-Day Adventist Primary School at Lalovaea.

Two weeks after Samoa celebrated its independence in 1962, he left Samoa for the United States. Fata grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. He served in the U.S. Army and was wounded during his tour in Vietnam. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Accounting from California State University in East Bay, Hayward, California. Fata was previously the Vice President of Bank of America at the Corp Headquarters in San Francisco, California. In “Navigators Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia” work Fata names Editor-in-Chief of the Samoa Observer, Gatoa’itele Savea Sano Malifa, in the acknowledgments.

“His (Gatoaitele’s) indefatigable resilience is inspiring and admirable. In the orator lexicon, there are no words to express sincere thanks to you other than simply and humbly saying: Thank you, on behalf of all those who believe in the truth,” Fata said. Fata hopes high school and university students take an interest in his book. “I'm hoping the high school and college or university students would find the book helpful for their advanced studies. I wrote it in a language that balances the academic audience and the curious minds,” said Fata. “I didn't want the social scientists to laugh at me and my work. According to “Anthropologists’ Journal”, no Samoan Manu'an has ever written this comprehensive effort before."


Press Release

Nov 11, 2020, 08:55 ET

Samoan Orator Chief, Fata Ariu Levi, Invites You to Join Him on a Journey Through Science and History as he Announces the Fulfillment Of His Lifelong Ambition in the Release of his Book: Navigators Quest For A Kingdom In Polynesia

This account describes the last ancient human migration across the largest body of water in the world, on a journey to discover and colonize the over 8,000 islands of Polynesia, connecting the Asian and American continents during the Neolithic period. It reveals the anatomy of the Polynesian Navigators' (Samoan) migration from Asia to the East Pacific. And it shows how understanding human migration and/or immigration can enlighten us on the subliminal changing colors of our cultural mosaic identity.

News provided by

Nov 11, 2020, 08:55 ET

SALEM, Ore., Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- No ancient human migration mystery has been studied, theorized upon, and written about more than the Polynesian journey across Eastern Pacific. Now, finally, a sedulous effort by a culture expert and custodian of Samoan history, language, genealogy, and mythology weaves a multi-threaded motif through the story of the Samoan's arduous journey across the Pacific Ocean. The author coalesces ideas and connects the dots of a plethora of scientific studies and evidence, postulating and confirming the path of the Navigators' migration.

What people are saying:

Papali'i Dr.Failautusi Avegalio, author of the foreword and Director of the Pacific Business Center Program, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii System, Hawaii says, "Our understanding of how an ancient primitive culture and people define personal freedom and identity vis-a-vis family, tribal, cultural, national identity and responsibility is vital to the reconcilement of our diversity and coming to grips with our coexistence and sustainability."

Author Fata Ariu Levi tells us, "All human migrations endure the same plight, all across the globe. Whether it's the Polynesian Navigators crossing the Pacific Ocean, or the African-American Great migration from the Southern States to the Northern States of the United States of America, or the migration from North Africa to Europe, or the immigration from South and Central America into North America, the anatomy of the psychology and sociology of how humans endure extreme physical and mental hardship remains the same. However, drawing from parallel experiences of the past can guide us through how we weave the new threads of our metaphorical, colorful, cultural tapestry."

And Kathleen Fish, Executive Director of the Salem Multicultural Institute-World Beat, Salem, Oregon and host of the Zoom interview of Fata Ariu Levi on his book launch adds that, "Cultivating and reaffirming our multicultural diversity is a focus and priority."

Author Bio:

In a career spanning over 40 years in payments and financial services technology initiatives, Fata Ariu Levi (or Ariu Levi) is an enterprise software infrastructure platform technology entrepreneur; cofounder of several information financial services technology companies, including the largest banking wholesale payment technology platform that was listed on the NASDAQ financial market and is now privately owned by Finastra, one of the largest financial services technology companies in the world. He was in senior management at Bank of America in charge of global payments and short-term liquidity management. For the past 20 years Fata Ariu Levi has been assisting large enterprises in information technology transformation initiative implementation.

Book Information:

Navigators Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia is now available on Amazon in e-book and paperback; soon to be available at other locations—look for it on Walmart.com, in Target, and wherever good books are sold.

Author: Fata Ariu Levi

Foreword by: Papali'i Dr. Failautusi Avegalio, Director of Pacific Business Center Program Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii System.

Afterword by: Vui Asiata Dr. Toeutu Fa'aleava. Director of McNair Scholars Program Oregon and Assistant Professor of University Studies at Portland State University, Oregon.

Edited by: Sheila Deeth

Contact Information:

Ava Kitty Levi
258806@email4pr.com
Fata Ariu Levi or Ariu Levi
949.812.2511
258806@email4pr.com

Website:
www.navigatorsofthepacificocean.com

SOURCE Fata Ariu Levi


December 14, 2020

Heading:

Dr. Margaret Mead’s legacy is like an umbilical cord, inextricably tied to Manu’an American Samoa. But, as we celebrate her 119th anniversary this December 16, do we even remember the contribution Manu’ans made to her popular book, Coming of Age in Samoa?

Subheading:

Manu’ans cannot lay claim to all Dr. Mead’s accomplishments, but she clearly developed, in Coming of Age in Samoa, an alternative, field-based approach to the challenges of adolescence in post-WWI society and in an era of accelerating industrial revolution—a different approach to Western Society’s old tenets of laboratory-based, empirical science.

Dateline & location:

December 14, 2020. Salem, Oregon.

Introduction:

The world is struggling, today, with migrations and their impact on cultural identity, development, diversity, and social organization, and on the erosion of culture. Understanding the anatomy of the Navigators’ (Manu’an and Samoan) ancient migration may illuminate these complexities and help us unravel them.

“Dr. Mead took a leap of faith to explore the possibility of finding wisdom from a primitive culture in 1925. Why wouldn’t we also explore the knowledge of their ancient migration in 2020?” asks Fata Ariu Levi, author of the recently released book, Navigators Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia, in an open dialogue held in Dr. Mead’s 119th anniversary celebration, hosted by the Salem Multicultural Institute and World Beat, a non-profit organization.

“Cultural diversity is often perceived as threatening the erosion of cultural identity. But the reality is that our multicultural diversity is, significantly, tribalism, which provides the beautiful, vibrant colors of our cultural tapestry and is a source of strength and greatness of our Nation,” says Kathleen Fish, Executive Director of the Salem Multicultural Institute and World Beat.

“I only caution,” says Fata Ariu Levi, “let us celebrate and memorialize the scientist, but let us not forget the research ‘control group’—in this case the 68 young girls of Manu’a that Dr. John Derek Freeman, in his quest to refute Dr. Mead’s ethnographic study in Manu’a, accused of lying and making up stories during the questionnaire and interviewing process. Let us not shovel away the memories of those young girls onto the edge of the village. They are not ‘specimens.’ They are princesses of the Paramount Chief King Tuimanu’a.”

Writing of Fata Ariu Levi’s book, High Chief Vui Dr. Toeutu Fa’aleava, Director of the McNair Scholars Program and Assistant Professor of University Studies at Portland State University, Oregon, said, “As a descendant of both Samoa and Manu’a, Fata Ariu Levi delivers this manuscript as a gift to future generations, to help navigate and untangle the knotted threads of their journey and yearnings, and recognize their islands and kingdoms.”

The Book:

Navigators Quest for a Kingdom in Polynesia offers a chronology of the Navigators’ arduous migration that began with the human migration out of Africa, out of Mainland Asia, and out of the Asiatic Archipelago, finally crossing the Wallace Line and journeying into East Pacific Ocean during the Neolithic period. It’s a story of cultural and social organization development, linguistic origin, and genome-sequencing confirmation. The book is available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle, and paperback and hardcover editions are available in retail book stores.

Author Bio:

Orator Chief Fata Ariu Levi has spent over 40 years of his business career as a banker, in financial services, and as an entrepreneur and co-founder of several information technology initiatives funded out of Israel and Asia that have been publicly traded or sold. He is an active investor in information technology infrastructure platforms for digital transformation of large scale enterprise initiatives.

Contact Information:

Fata Ariu Levi
949.812.2511
fataariu@yahoo.com

Ava Kitty Levi
Director of Marketing
ava1levi@yahoo.com

Website
www.navigatorsofthepacificocean.com

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