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Lapita Voyage - in polynesischen Booten - nach polynesischer Navigation
Two remote islands
Well protected canoes on Anuta

Well protected canoes on Anuta




Charts of Tikopia and Anuta

Klaus Hympendahl with chiefs on AnutaKlaus Hympendahl with chiefs on Tikopia


Klaus Hympendahl with chiefs on Anuta and Tikopia

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The destination:
The two remote islands of Tikopia and Anuta

Tikopia and Anuta belong to the Solomon Islands. In the capital Honiara, 1,000 km to the West, the two islands are called ‘the outer islands’.

Due to their isolation, the traditional way of life has been maintained on the islands, in contrast to other Polynesian islands. (Jared Diamond describes Tikopia’s unique culture in his latest book ‘Collapse’.)

Most of the older people are still tattooed, some still wear Tapa, a traditional cloth made from the bark of the mulberry tree.

There is no electricity, no shops, no official administration. The four chiefs on Tikopia have banned alcohol and outboard motors.

At the end of the voyage the two ethnic catamarans will be presented to the people of Tikopia and Anuta.

With the new catamarans, the islanders can freely visit other islands. They can take their sick to the hospital and their children to the boarding-school in the town of Lata, 300 km away. Having these boats will end an era of being cut off from the surrounding islands and their extended family connections.

The men can start deep-sea fishing again.

The two boats will initiate a new era of seafaring and reinvigorate the traditional boat building on the islands.

This video was made in 2009 on the Polynesian island of Anuta at the eastern end of the Solomon islands. This tiny island is mainly self sufficient and is only visited by a supply ship once or twice a year.

Anuta is a tiny Polynesian Island at the eastern end of the Solomon Islands. It is just 1 mile long and 65m high, with a population of around 300. There are 70 canoes on the island, which have a history going back at least 2-300 years, probably much longer. They are a unique V shaped hull design. Several of the canoes are very old, the oldest is estimated to have been built in the 1820s and is still occasionally in use today, as can be seen on this video.

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