Sunday, April 18, 2010

Polynesian canoes re-live the epic Pacific migration

"A fleet of traditionally-designed Polynesian canoes has left New Zealand for a journey through the Pacific, re-living the epic migrations of the past." Cool!

BBC reports:
Four double-hulled canoes set off from Auckland aiming to sail 4,000km (2,485 miles) to French Polynesia. The voyage is expected to take three months.

The route retraces the great Polynesian migration journeys of 1,000 years ago - albeit in the opposite direction. It is part of an attempt to revive traditional sailing skills. These include navigating without instruments or maps.

The aim is to reach French Polynesia, which is thought to have been the departure point for the Polynesian migrations to New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island at the end of the first millennium. READ MORE