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1976 canoe set out to Tahiti from HI Guided by Mal Pilon important because navigation by stars and waves; show people what ancestors knew Pacific Ocean largest then Earth combined Satawal – 1 mile, feet above sea level Mau learned to navigate from father and grandfather Use head and observe ocean/sky and remember words of teacher to navigate Sea = mens, land==womens Looked down on if can’t navigate Navigator responsible for all the crew (like his children); looked up to 10 hours travel Teach about ocean Mao - 8 separate patterns of swells recognized Allow then to catch more fish for village Had more authority in past than now Now only few islands have navigation Could die out 1976 – Captain James Cook came to Hawaii 12 years exploration, went every islands; saw common culture between islands; discover
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Unformatted text preview: Polynesians 3 cultures in islands Polynesian (Central) migrated Asia or Americas Melanesia (West) Satawal (North) Cook Polynesian skilled in navigation and sailing Canoe house men = social club, school and work shop inside Rope made from coconut fibers for canoes Coconut outside used for cocking between planks Each plank carved to exact shape 1976 society of canoe reborn Hookalaia (modern replica of old canoe) o 17 people; 6 tons of supplies o No map/instruments Mao has memorized more than 150 star paths in the sky Today children afraid to learn navigation or are too lazy Film important because Mao afraid after his generation there will be no more navigators...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2011 for the course HWST 107 taught by Professor Kaulia during the Spring '11 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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