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    Re: Polynesian canoes set off from New Zealand to Raiatea (French Polynesia)
    From: Douglas Denny
    Date: 2010 Apr 19, 02:00 -0700

    Are they going to emulate their forefathers in navigation techniques? or just rely on GPS?

    Little is known about Polynesian navigation, mostly it is conjecture based on a few artefacts such as cowrie shell 'maps' and the testimony of what little remains of handed-down knowledge.

    For the best appraisal of what is known about Polynesian navigation I recommend Dr. David Lewis' book 'We the Navigators' by Australian National University Press 1972.

    He was born in Plymouth but the family moved to New Zealand and he always considered himself as a Kiwi. My brother-in-law as the Foreign Office commissioner of the Solomon islands met him when Lewis was sailing through the islands.
    He was a remarkable man, competing in the first Transatlantic race in 'Cardinal Vertue' coming third after 54 days. (Francis Chichester won).
    He worked in a leper colony; went dog-mushing in the Arctic; climbed mountians in Alaska and travelled deep into the Australian outback with aboriginal guides.

    Douglas Denny.
    Chichester. England.
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