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Sunday, September 8 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
We the Voyagers, Pt. 2: Our Moana

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Part 2. We, the Voyagers: Our Moana
Voyaging leaders of an isolated Polynesian community, live the story of their ancestral culture-hero, Lata. As in the past, Lata needs crew, and welcomes some applicants of dubious character. The community blesses the vessel and sailors. Crew members learn how to set their sails, and find their way in the open ocean by interacting with patterns of winds, waves, stars, and other signs that their ancestors show them when they meet with adversity. Voyagers arrive at islands and learn what happened to family members since the last voyage some generations earlier. They reconcile, reaffirm their love for each other, and look to their future together.

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Mimi George

Pacific Traditions Society
Mimi George, sailor/cultural anthropologist, supports revival of ancient voyaging practices, including regional rituals of islander Papua New Guineans, sea hunters and herder migrations around Bering Straits, Antarctic over-wintering, and building use of ancient materials, designs... Read More →
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Captain Luke Vaikawi

Vaka Valo Association
Born and raised on Taumako, a remote island in the western Pacific, Luke Vaikawi served as captain of Patrol boats for the Solomon Islands Maritime Police for 25 years. Luke helped start the Vaka Taumako Project (www.vaka.org) 23 years ago and is now Executive Director of Vaka Valo Association, the Taumako group that trains youth to build, sail, and navigate using only the ancient designs, materials, and methods of their culture hero, Lata, the first voyager... Read More →


Sunday September 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
Adventure Stage