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Friday Film–“The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific”

July 29, 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

This summer has “Oceans of Possibilities!”  Learn more about our oceans and marine life with exciting documentaries being shown select Fridays at 2:30 PM during the month of July.

Join us in the large meeting room to bring a relaxing and educational end to your week!  No registration is required.


The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific (58 minutes)

Over 1,000 years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars, and the flights of birds for guidance. In hand-built, double-hulled canoes sixty feet long, the ancestors of today’s Polynesians sailed across a vast ocean area, larger than Europe and North America combined.

To explore this ancient navigational heritage, Sanford Low visited the tiny coral atoll of Satawal in Micronesia’s remote Caroline Islands. There he spoke with Mau Piailug, the last navigator to be ceremonially initiated on Satawal, and one of the few men who still practice the once-essential art of navigation in the Pacific. In a dramatic demonstration, Mau Piailug sails a replica of an original Polynesian canoe from Hawaii to Tahiti: 2500 miles across the ocean without benefit of sextant, compass, or any other Western navigational instrument.

The Navigators reveals the subtleties of this sea science, transmitted in part through a ceremony known as “unfolding the mat,” in which 32 lumps of coral are arranged in a circle to represent the points of the “star compass.” To master the lore of navigation was to attain great status in traditional Micronesian society. Today, few men remain with Mau’s skills, knowledge, or aspirations.


If you have any questions, contact the reference desk at 732-721-5600 ext 5033

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July 29, 2022
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Old Bridge Public Library
One Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, 08857
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