The Family of the Canoe

Ben Finney

in Voyage of Rediscovery

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080027
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913059 | DOI:
The Family of the Canoe

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This chapter states that there was something special, Nainoa Thompson went on to say, about those who sailed Hōkūle'a back to Hawai'i on the last, homecoming leg of the voyage. In addition to veteran sailors from Hawai'i, the crew included representatives from all over Polynesia. This transformation of Hōkūle'a into a symbol of resurgent pride, and the way this voyage galvanized Hawai'ians and other Polynesians, demonstrates how far the revival of culture has progressed since the idea of combining experimental and cultural goals had first been floated a decade and a half earlier. As an effort in cultural revival, the project shares much with other initiatives around the world wherein people consciously seek to re-create and elaborate ancestral ways for contemporary purposes. The chapter also explores the legendary basis behind the choice of the Hawai'i–Tahiti route as the seaway over which Hōkūle'a was initially tested.

Keywords: Nainoa Thompson; Hōkūle'a; Hawai'i; homecoming; voyage; Polynesia; revival; culture; Tahiti

Chapter.  7584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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