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August 15, 2010


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This is absolutely fantastic, particularly when juxtaposed with the subject of your previous post. I actually remember, vaguely, the occurrence of that 1976 voyage (I also recall the the voyage of the Kon-tiki regaining some popular mindshare at the time).

I hope the knowledge and skills of the palu Mau Piailug live on. Navigational star maps in the sand.

Fascinating. A person who was intimately conmfortable with the naunces of the universe. He demonstrated how much practical knowledge comes from mindful observation and the remarkable skills that people in touch with nature can have. Thanks Michael

The book of the Kon-tiki voyage was magic to me as a kid (I still have my original copy, dust jacket and all). Years later, I met Thor Heyerdal's son in the Arctic (he was on a polar bear marking expedition). But the modern continuation of Pacific navigation using ancient skills was news to me and yes, it is fantastic and yes, it shows how there are ways of being in touch with nature that are beyond most of us (or at least beyond our conventional knowledge and skills).

hail the Economist obituary column.. morbid it may seem they are among my favorite readings..

I think people from different cultures are so interesting...i just cant imagine some people are so closed minded to think that these people are living poor lives...this people live simple lives and are generally happier than us too.

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