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Te Ao Pasifika

Te Ao Pasifika: Camakau

Fijian camakau or outrigger canoe on display in the Pacific Lifeways gallery.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. 45813, 13680.

In this session students explore the world of Polynesian voyaging and navigation. We trace the origins of Polynesian voyaging and examine the renaissance of this art form. Stories will be based around the camakau and investigations will look at materials used, design and navigation tools.

Traditional Polynesian voyaging is a system that preserves and strengthens the traditions, values and knowledge behind one of the greatest feats in history. Thousands of years ago, Polynesians found and settled islands scattered over 10 million square miles of ocean, exploring unchartered waters by using only stars, waves, marine birds and other signs of nature to guide them.