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ephemeropteræ 2017/#9 – Nainoa Thompson

01.09.2017 - 01.09.2017

Thyssen-Bornemisza Augarten Contemporary, Wien / Österreich

Native Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson leads the journey through the ancient wayfinding practices of the Polynesian art of navigation. The role of idioms is fundamental here—knowledge is passed by oral channels from the master to apprentice. These oral transmissions often take the form of songs.

Nainoa Thompson is the President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a master in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigating. Inspired by his kupuna, or teachers, he has dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of “voyaging....” Among many other important mentors, Yosio Kawano took him at an early age to tide pools to explore the mysteries of the inshore ocean; Herb Kane introduced him to the stars his ancestors used to navigate great ocean distances; and Pwo navigator Mau Piailug taught him to see the natural signs he would use to guide Hokule?a throughout Polynesia. Nainoa’s father taught him the universal values of voyaging—of having a vision of islands rising from the sea, of self-discipline, preparation, courage, risk-taking, and the spirit of aloha that would bind a crew on arduous journeys.



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