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Voyaging revivals of Oceania: How ancient navigation and boat building is useful today

by Wooden Boat Festival 28 Jan 10:29 GMT
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Feb 3 at 5pm Mimi George

Marianne "Mimi" George, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist and sailor who supports training youth to apply ancestral voyaging knowledge to current problems, such as youth unemployment, biodiversity loss, and climate change.

Over the course of her career, she has documented voyaging traditions of Austronesian people in Papua New Guinea, a small mixed-gender crew wintering a sailboat in Antarctic sea-ice, sea-hunter and reindeer herder networks across Bering Straits, and Polynesian islanders in SE Solomon Islands who build vessels and navigate by ancient designs, materials, and methods.

Mimi has responded to requests for help by communities attempting to perpetuate or revive their voyaging lifeways. In papers, presentations, and books, Mimi describes the prominent roles of women and children in voyaging cultures, and how the revival of ancestral voyaging networks creates sustainable and resilient communities and ecologies.

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