Film screening and book signing

a traditional double-hulled sailing vessel
traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe

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News Release Date: March 5, 2016

Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x6105

 Over 1,000 years ago, the scattered islands of Polynesia were settled by an ancient seafaring people. Where did they come from? How did they navigate across the vast Pacific Ocean to settle one-third of Earth's surface? To find out, anthropologist Sam Low visited the tiny coral atoll of Satawal, in Micronesia's remote Caroline Islands, to film Mau Piailug as he guides his canoe by reading subtle signs in the waves, winds and stars. New Bedford Whaling Museum, in conjunction with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, will host a special screening on Low's discovery on Friday, March 11 from 5:00-8:00 PM. The screening of "The Navigators- Pathfinders of the Pacific" is free and open to the public. New Bedford Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA.


"The Navigators- Pathfinders of the Pacific" was first shown nationally on PBS in 1983, and later broadcast internationally in Europe and South America. It was awarded a Cine Golden Eagle, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival and a Silver Anvil, and has been screened in numerous national and international venues. Watch a preview of The Navigators on YouTube. There will be a book signing of Hawaiki Rising:L Holule'a, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance with author Sam Low following the film.

More on Hawaiki Rising: As the walls of Troy were falling to the Greeks, Polynesian explorers followed star paths across the world's greatest ocean to settle one third of Earth's surface. It's one of the most amazing stories of navigation and maritime exploration. And it's never been properly told, until now. Cost per book is $24.95;  museum members receive 10% off. The book is available at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park's bookstore, in the Museum bookstore or online at The White Whale. 


Last updated: March 5, 2016

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