Navigators, The

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Navigators, The

  • 1983 ----- color ----- 57 min ----- 16mm
  • Over a thousand years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars and the flights of birds for guidance. Anthropologist/filmmaker Sanford Low visited the tiny coral atoll of Satawal in Micronesia's remote Caroline islands where he spoke with Mau Piailug, the last navigator to be ceremonially initiated on Satawal and one of the few men who still practice the once-essential art of navigation in the Pacific. In a dramatic demonstration Mau Piailug sails a replica of an original Polynesian canoe from Hawaii to Tahiti: 2500 miles across the ocean without benefit of any Western navigational instrument.
  • Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Austronesia)