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The Last Navigator

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Explains how the Micronesian's ancient skills of navigation are at risk as its young people turn to Western ways.
Paperback, 307 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by International Marine Publishing (first published 1987)
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This book is a combination of two basic things: it contains an account of the author's time spent on various islands in Micronesia, learning the islanders' ways of navigating the sea and it has pages and pages of the information he learned.

Throughout the book the author and people he interacted with wonder and lament whether these old ways will survive in the face of modern times- and everyone is pretty sure that they won't.

The navigating knowledge is pretty involved and contains a lot of incomp
Eric Ruark
I don't know how I let this one slip through my fingers. Given to me by another skipper at the marina, I devoured Mr. Thomas' adventure learning the navigation techniques of the Oceania people. They had a 6000 year old culture that was making blue water voyages in outrigger canoes while European people were still living in dirt huts. Aloha Magazine said it the best: A finely crafted and compelling book about the fast approaching death of an ancient way of life.
Jim Gillis
Yes, the same Steve Thomas that was paired with Norm on "This Old House." There is a fair amount of documentation of oral navigation techniques, which some will find dull, I suppose. But the techniques are amazing, and it's really great that it was captured by someone who cared. A civilization spread across the pacific by reading the sea and the stars, and an oral tradition. Steve Thomas gives a glimpse at how this was done, perhaps even by now it is gone.
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