How to Build a Polynesian Voyaging Canoe

Presented by Mimi George, PhD, cultural anthropologist, sailor, and Principal Investigator of the Vaka Taumako Project of Pacific Traditions Society, and Heuionalani Wyeth, President of a Hawaiian cultural institute and Secretary of the Pacific Traditions Society.

Learn about the heroic Polynesian voyager, Lata, who first built and sailed a voyaging canoe, and how students of the late Taumako Chief Kaveia still use ancient materials, designs and methods to build and sail the canoes of Lata. Following the presentation, go outside for a hands-on activity where you can make cordage (rope) from the inner bark of hau – just like the world’s greatest seafarers did!

 *Be sure to also check out the Spirits & Headhunters Gallery to get the full Pacific Islands experience!

*Please note that your clothes will get dirty during the rope-making activity. Please dress accordingly! 

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium and Key Courtyard 

Tickets: Member or with paid museum admission $9 | General $12


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Event details

March 31, 2018 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm