Sunday, April 09, 2006

Yosihiko Sinoto devoted to discovery (News)

The article below on the great archaeologist Yosihiko Sinoto, who studied Tahitian culture, has some nice photos of artifacts including traditional fish-hooks and stone tools.

Paul Kekai Manansala

Devoted to making discoveries

By Mary Kaye Ritz
Advertiser staff writer

Yosihiko Sinoto, 81, senior anthropologist at the Bishop Museum, displays trays of fishhooks, which have helped date other archaeological finds in eastern Polynesia.

Photos by DEBORAH BOOKER | The Honolulu Advertiser

Deep in the bowels of the Bishop Museum, through the Great Hall where a royal canoe and lifesize whale hang overhead, past a courtyard and down a musty corridor lined with lockers filled with artifacts and meticulously labeled boxes filled with his life's work, you can find Yosihiko Sinoto, the man considered the archaeological equivalent of a demigod by many of our Pacific neighbors.

"If he ran for president in French Polynesia, he'd probably get elected," says Bill Brown, head of the Bishop Museum."

Find the rest of the article here.