A Hawaiian Canoe Crosses the Oceans, Guided by Sun and Stars

An interesting undertaking but also an interesting debate over who settled the Polynesian islands and how. What I also find interesting is why does it matter what the truth is? Why validate and continue to pursue this knowledge system? What value does it bring to continue to use traditional methods rather than use modern ones? Why keep this method alive?

“In a nod to their seafaring ancestors, the crew of 13 will forgo modern navigational equipment — no compass, sextant or GPS devices, not even an iPhone — in favor of wayfinding, a traditional navigational technique that relies on gauging the position of the sun, moon and stars, taking into account variations in ocean currents and wave patterns and even the behavior of fish and birds.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/science/a-hawaiian-canoe-crosses-the-oceans-guided-by-sun-and-stars.html?smid=fb-nytscience&smtyp=cur&_r=0

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