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Va'a :: French Polynesia 2004 :: Presentation
« Va’a, the Polynesian dugout » is an exhibition that will be open to visitors at the Musée de Tahiti et des Îles from July 23 to December 31, 2004. As part of this project, the GRAN branch in Polynesia is responsible for carrying out the construction of a dugout with outriggers.
The team is to transform a tree trunk into a fishing dugout with the help of today’s tools. This is no ethnoarchaeological reconstitution; we are not trying to bring back ancient tools and techniques from the past. We just would like to show how this doomed craft is performed today, because construction of complete or even partial monoxyla has now become very rare indeed: there are very few craftsmen left, and they are getting old. It has been some time already since plywood, glass fibre and plastic replaced solid wood in the fabrication process of racing dugouts and fishing boats.
« Papa Pūrau », the carpenter, and his sons were born on Moorea, Tahiti’s sister island. They will carry this out. One may notice that the Tahitian word Pūrau is the name of the wood species considered as fitting best the constructors’ needs regarding some parts of a dugout. The GRAN team in Tahiti will take charge of the logistics.
Liste des participants :
En Polynésie française :
A Paris :
A Namur :
Relecture version française : Eon Sébastien
Traduction version anglaise : Julien Le Bonheur
Traduction version tahitienne : SCP
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