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A large plank from a rare, ancient canoe was discovered in New Zealand and has been linked to Polynesian seafarers, the largest of three major Pacific Ocean cultures and the islands’ first colonizers. \n<br><br>\n<i><u>Navigating the Stars (Text 2)</u> -- This text is part of a Knowledge Set that celebrates Asian/Pacific American heritage as students explore ancient Polynesian sailing technology and navigation techniques. This article describes what archaeologists are learning about ancient Polynesians from the remains of a 600-year old canoe. Encourage students to evaluate the conclusions about ancient Polynesian culture that archaeologists have made based on evidence from the canoe