Polynesian Seafaring and Navigation: Ocean Travel in Anutan Culture and Society

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Kent State University Press, 2003 - Social Science - 228 pages
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After fourteen months of field research in 1972-73 and an additional four months of field work with the Anutans in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara in 1983, Richard Feinberg here provides a thorough study of Anutan seafaring and navigation. In doing so he gives rare insights into the larger picture of how Polynesians have adapted to the sea. This richly illustrated book explores the theory and technique used by Anutans in construction, use, and handling of their craft; the navigational skills still employed in interisland voyaging; and their culturally patterned attitudes toward the ocean and travel on the high seas. Further, the discussion is set within the context of social relations, values, and the Anutan's own symbolic definitions of the world in which they live.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE ISLAND AND ITS PEOPLE
5
ON THE OCEAN
22
CANOES AND EQUIPMENT
32
SEAMANSHIP
87
SOCIOLOGY OF SAILING
119
VOYAGE TO PATUTAKA
133
CONCLUSION
148
ANUTAN CANOE OWNERSHIP AS OF 1973
163
STAR PATHS TO PATUTAKA AND TIKOPIA AS RELATED BY PU MAEVATAU
168
AUXILIARY NAVIGATIONAL TECHINIQUES AS RELATED BY PU MAEVATAU
173
VOYAGE TO TIKOPIA AS RELATED BY PU NUKUMARERE
174
NOTES
181
GLOSSARY OF ANUTAN NAUTICAL TERMS
189
REFERENCES
200
INDEX
205

APPENDIX A ANUTAN VOYAGES TO TIKOPIA
154
SOME TIKOPIAN VOYAGES
160

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