Voyaging activities in the Pacific Ocean have been distinctly different from voayging in the Atlantic Ocean. The inhabitants of Oceania were seafarers, water/wo/men. The ocean provided the pathways to transit between island groups. As Epeli Hauʻofa wrote, “They played in it as soon as they would walk steadily, they worked in it, the fought in it. They developed great skills for navigating their waters, and the spirit to traverse even the few large gaps that separated their island groups.”
How did voyaging and seafaring activities differ in the Pacific Ocean? What changes happened with the incursion of non-native voyagers? How have those changes manifested in our use of the Pacific Ocean in the 21st century?
Join us to hear Susan and Hans discuss voyaging and the motley crews of the Pacific. Susan Lebo is the Archaeology Branch Chief for the State Historic Preservation Division in the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Hans Van Tilburg is the Maritime Archaeologist & Historian for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the Maritime Heritage Program.
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