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Lapita Voyage Arrival in Anuta

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Uploaded on Apr 17, 2009

The Lapita Voyage was a charitable project which began in the first week of November 2008, when 2 double canoes, based on the ancient Polynesian canoe form of the islands of Anuta and Tikopia, set out on a 4,000Nm voyage along the island chains of the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea to finally arrive in Anuta and Tikopia, two tiny, remote islands at the Eastern end of the Solomons, where the boats were donated to the islanders for future inter island voyaging. They followed the Lapita Pottery trail that archaeologists believe to be the route of the Polynesian migrations.

This video shows the final stage of the voyage on the double canoe 'Lapita Anuta' featuring her arrival on 16th March 2009 at the 1Nm long island of Anuta to an exuberant welcome by the island's population. 300 people live on Anuta and they own 70 traditional dug-out sailing canoes, which are still regularly used for fishing. A nearly 200 year old Anutan canoe is featured in the closing scenes of the video.

'Lapita Anuta' is now the island's Voyaging Canoe, so the people can travel independently to more distant islands. Her sistership Lapita Tikopia arrived in Tikopia on 15th March to a similar welcome.

This video was shot and edited by Hanneke Boon of James Wharram Designs, captain of 'Lapita Anuta'.

A 50 minute DVD of the whole Lapita Voyage is available at www.wharram.com

For more information about this project, visit:
www.lapita-voyage.org
www.tikopia.org
www.wharram.com

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