Traditional navigators of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa

Jeff Evans

The stories of ten master navigators intertwined with the rebirth of Pacific voyaging

In this important book, ten navigators — the late Hec Busby, Piripi Evans and Jacko Thatcher from Aotearoa New Zealand; Peia Patai and Tua Pittman from the Cook Islands; and Kālepa Baybayan, Shorty Bertelmann, Nainoa Thompson, `Onohi Paishon and Bruce Blankenfeld from Hawai`i — share the challenges and triumphs of traditional wayfinding based on the deep knowledge of legendary navigator Mau Piailug.

They also discuss the significance of receiving the title of Pwo (master navigator) from Piailug, and the responsibilities that come with that position. Their stories are intertwined with the renaissance of knowledge and traditions around open-ocean voyaging that are inspiring communities across the Pacific.

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‘This book takes us into the world of the navigators who are Pwo . . . It is true and authentic, in that it reminds us of who we are, where we came from and, perhaps, who we will be.’ — Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr

‘Evans provides a potently beguiling account of these oceanic wayfinders.’ — Chris Moore, New Zealand Listener

  • CATEGORY: Asia and Pacific studies, Biography and memoir, Ebooks, History
  • ISBN: 9780995131804
  • ESBN: 9780995131811
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 10/06/2021
  • PAGE EXTENT: 256
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Jeff Evans is a writer based in Auckland.