Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Va'a Motu photo from 1868

This is one of my favorite canoe photos.  It was taken in 1868 in the Sous-le-Vent or Islands under the Wind, in Western French Polynesia.
The photo was published in a magnificent book called Va'a, La pirogue polynesienne, published by Au Vent Des Iles in Tahiti.  The text is in French, but the photos make it worthwhile even if you have to (very slowly in my case) translate.