Solomon Islands: The Story of Lata
For more information about Vaka Taumako and their crucial work to support traditional cultures in the Solomon Islands visit their site: http://www.vaka.org.
Learning again, from the story of their cultural hero, Lata, to build te puke (canoes). Guyer-Stevens weaves a wonderful watery tale with just the right amount of culture, a taste of technology, and good old storytelling: perfect summer listening.
"The Story of Lata" is the next in the Outer Voices series, featuring little known stories and seldom heard voices of Asian Pacific Island women. It's a gem of a sound-rich story about intriguing, out of the way places that your listeners haven't heard about. But, if you still need a hook, consider this: May 16 was the first International Day for Sharing Life Stories. Organizers say that sharing our life stories with each other is a critical process in democratizing culture and promoting social change. Do your listeners a favor, and share this documentary of a place on earth that many of us will never see, but whose lessons about the value of returning to Earth-based, cultural traditions are relevant for sustaining communities everywhere."
Catherine Stifter, Posted on May 21, 2008
What is the Vaka Taumako Project?
The Wind Compass: Nohoanga Te Matangi
Vaka Taumako: The Art and Craft of a Voyaging Canoe
Solomon Islands: Women Confronting Violence
Solomon Islands: Historical Background
Solomons force fit to keep the peace?
Country profile: Solomon Islands
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DAVENPORT, William, Social Organization notes on the Northern Santa Cruz Islands the Duff Islands (Taumako) p. 137, Sonderdruck aus Baessler-Archiv, Beitraege zur Voelkerkunde, Band XVI, 1968
FEINBERG, Richard, Polynesian Seafaring and Navigation, Kent State U. Press, Kent OH 1998
HADDON, A.C. & J. HORNELL, Canoes of Oceania, Bishop Museum
IRWIN, Geoffrey, The Prehistoric Exploration and Colonisation of the Pacific, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1992
KIRCH, Patrick V. On the Road of the Winds, University of California Press Ltd. London 2000
LEWIS, David, We, the Navigators, Second edition, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, 1994
MARCHAJ, C.A. Sail Performance, Theory and Practice, London: Adelard Coles, 1996 pp. 158-176 (Contains details of Marchaj's wind-tunnel tests on sails resembling the Taumako type)
PUKU'I, Mary Kawena, Tales of the Menehune, Kamehameha Schools Press, Honolulu, 1985 (contains Hawaiian version of Lata story, p. 3)
"Guyer-Stevens weaves a wonderful watery tale with just the right amount of culture, a taste of technology, and good old storytelling… It's a gem of a sound-rich story."