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The Ancient Art Of Polynesian Navigation As Kept Alive By One Of Its Last Practitioners, Micronesian Navigator Pius "Mau" Piailug (1932-2010), Teacher Of Traditional, Non-Instrument Wayfinding Methods For Open-Ocean Voyaging Which Rely On Navigational Clues Using The Sun And Stars, Winds And Clouds, Seas And Swells, Birds And Fish, Acquired Through Rote Learning Passed Down Through Oral Tradition, As Chronicled First-Hand In Two Documentaries That Accompany Him On Two Such Journeys: 1) The Navigators (Color, 1983, 45 Minutes) And 2) Adventure: The Last Navigator (Color, 1990, 58 Minutes), Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #PolynesianNavigation #PolynesianNavigators #MauPialug #Navigation #Navigators #Polynesia #Satawal #CarolineIslands #Wayfinding #OralTradition #PacificOcean #Hawaii #Tahiti #PolynesianVoyagingSociety #PVS #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Traditional Polynesian Navigation was used for thousands of years to make long voyages across thousands of kilometres of the open Pacific Ocean. Navigators travelled to small inhabited islands using wayfinding techniques and knowledge passed by oral tradition from master to apprentice, often in the form of song. Generally, each island maintained a guild of navigators who had very high status; in times of famine or difficulty, they could trade for aid or evacuate people to neighbouring islands. As of 2014, these traditional navigation methods are still taught in the Polynesian outlier of Taumako in the Solomons and by voyaging societies throughout the Pacific. Polynesian navigation used some navigational instruments, which predate and are distinct from the machined metal tools used by European navigators (such as the sextant, first produced in 1730; the sea astrolabe, from around late 15th century; and the marine chronometer, invented in 1761). However, they also relied heavily on close observation of sea sign and a large body of knowledge from oral tradition. Both wayfinding techniques and outrigger canoe construction methods have been kept as guild secrets, but in the modern revival of these skills, they are being recorded and published.