Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Canoes of the Marshall Islands


Wa Kuk Wa Jimor - Marshallese Canoes Today from Rachel Miller on Vimeo.

A fine one hour video about the importance of the canoe building tradition
in Marshallese society.  Marshallese canoes are among the very best designs
that exist in the Pacific. 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

off topic but did the vaa motu work out or not? cher bro

Gary.Dierking said...

After a long delay, the construction manual is back on track. Maybe ready in a few weeks.

Den said...

Nice video thanks Gary.

Johannes said...

Thanks for this video!
I'm building a Greenland-qajaq right now, but it feels a bit strange as it's getting warmer here...
Johannes

Anonymous said...

Thanks Gary,
Here is a pdf WA KUK WA JIMOR:
OUTRIGGER CANOES, SOCIAL CHANGE, AND MODERN LIFE
IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS it is a PHD Thesis : http://www.yokwe.net/ydownloads/Info2010/Miller.pdf
You can find some Islanders words of wisdom in it...
Joe

Anonymous said...

It of been posted in your Wednesday, March 19, 2008 post

JimHasbrouck said...

I was a Peace Corps Volunteer on Lae and Maloelap Atols in the early 70's... the use of the Kurkur then was common and I was gifted with a model before I left Lae Atoll. It has survived 6 moves over an ocean and the contental United States... I just had a friend repair the model for me and it sits proudly in the Inn parlor here in Southside Virginia.
This video was a wonderful visit back....thanks so much.

Mike Ryan said...

I was a Peace Corps Volunteer on Kaven, Maloelap from 1966 - 1968. Loved sailing in the tipnols on the occasions we visited other islets! Happy that the islands boat building tradition is being carried out in so many ways!