Rick Carroll; based on research by Yosihiko H. Sinoto
Date of Publication: 2005
Size: 8 x 8
A tidal wave sweeps the South Pacific island of Huahine and destroys a coastal village of Polynesian canoe builders. The craftsmen and a canoe nearing completion are swept inland and then back to sea by the receding wave. But a strange twist of fate preserves the canoe under tons of swampy soil for a thousand years or more. HUAHINE: ISLAND OF THE LOST CANOE is based on fieldwork in Huahine conducted by Dr. Yosihiko H. Sinoto, renowned Bishop Museum anthropologist. Sinoto's archaelogical digs and his study and restoration of the traditional marae (religious structures) bring forth a wealth of information about the island and its people. In the words of a Huahine islander, "Sinoto teaches us about us."