Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey (1999)

Genres - Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Outdoor Recreation  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Betsy Boyd

Wayfinding is the art of guiding a canoe across long passages using only natural clues and signs, such as the sun, the moon, the stars, and the sea. Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey profiles Nainoa Thompson, the first Hawaiian in centuries to master this rare art. The documentary also observes several Pacific island crews as they prepare for a voyage from the Marquesas Islands to Hawaii. Via interviews and archival footage, viewers come to understand how the legacy of this art has been kept alive.

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Hawaii, navigation, Polynesian, sea, adventurer, canoe, voyage