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Voyages of the Pacific Ancestors: Vaka Moana

Voyages of the Pacific Ancestors: Vaka Moana was an extraordinary exhibition that traced the dramatic story of human settlement of the Pacific Islands.

Hokule'a under sail. Computer generated image.
Hokule'a under sail. Computer generated image.

The Pacific Islands were the most remote and difficult region for humans to reach. Four thousand years ago, long before Europeans even thought to head south, the ancestors of the Pacific launched the first ocean-going craft into the greatest ocean on earth.

This beautifully presented exhibition revealed the navigation methods and types of travel craft used, along with the evidence modern investigators have pieced together to retell the story.

The exhibition showcased more than 100 objects, including rare carvings, large canoes, navigation instruments, as well as interactive multimedia displays where Pacific Islanders shared engaging stories of their ancestors and the strong cultural connections still held today.

Vaka Moana: Voyages of the Pacific Ancestors was on show at the National Museum of Asutralia from 5 June to 18 October 2009 in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

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Exhibition organised by Auckland Museum — Tamaki Paenga Hira, Auckland, New Zealand. Presented in association with CROWN Worldwide Movers LTD.

Exhibition organised by Auckland Museum — Tamaki Paenga Hira, Auckland, New Zealand. Presented in association with CROWN Worldwide Movers LTD.