Story: Pacific migrations

A Polynesian lightbox

A Polynesian lightbox

This light box is one in a group of three, entitled Ngā Pouaka Mārama-ā-Toi, by artist Vanessa Pātea. This section includes Pacific symbols of the frigate bird, a useful aid in finding land. The transparent meandering path depicts the method of navigation employed by Polynesian seafarers in their search for new and known lands. The constellation of the Southern Cross, in the centre, indicates the importance of stars in traditional Polynesian navigation.

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Mixed media by Vanessa Pātea

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Geoff Irwin, 'Pacific migrations - Why explore?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Geoff Irwin, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017