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March 08, 2012

Our Blue Canoe - voyaging canoe

"Our Blue Canoe" article at Proafile:

And the "trailer" at YouTube:

From Proafile's article: "The film is part of a larger initiative called the “Vaka Motu” project, by Pacific Voyagers. The vision is to connect all Pacific Islands in a sustainable, carbon-neutral fashion via Vaka Motu, thus gaining independence, better infrastructure, and more economic opportunities for remote island communities."

Pacific Voyagers site here:

Contemporary proas

Some contemporary proas.  The top two pics are Jzerro.  The bottom two are from "Grillabongquixotic":

March 02, 2012

The Navigators - Pathfinders of the Pacific

"Site, text, and images Copyright © 2002 Sam Low. All rights reserved. Any or all content may not be used without Sam's permission" - My apologies to Sam for using this but I don't thing he'd mind!

Sam Low's Screening Room - a page about the making of his benchmark film The Navigators - Pathfinders of the Pacific:

"The Navigators - Pathfinders of the Pacific" - was first shown nationally in prime time on PBS in 1983 and later broadcast internationally in Europe and South America. It was awarded a Cine Golden Eagle, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival and a Silver Anvil and has been screened at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology film series, Film/Video International at Castle Hill, Honolulu Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Nantes Festival International de film du Mer, among other venues."
Filming the interview with Mau
A navigation lesson in Mau's canoe house
Filming a wedding on Satawal
Mau's canoe at sea off Satawal
A link here to The New Film Company who sells the film: