Ngā ara rau o Tangaroa: Polynesian navigation knowledge in Hawai’i and Aotearoa


In recent decades Polynesian voyaging and navigation and their associated ocean technologies, traditions, practices and cosmologies have emerged as powerful symbols and platforms for indigenous cultural expression and environmental advocacy. This four-panel proposal featuring Hawaiian and Māori panelists presents a mixture of academic scholarship and expert practitioner knowledge centered on various aspects of canoe technologies and traditions and indigenous navigation in a collective effort to advance indigenous cultural, historical, and environmental causes and analyses. Special attention will be placed on how navigation knowledge is being regenerated and maintained for present and future navigators.