New perspectives on indigenous navigation tradition

Hennings, Ingo (2015) New perspectives on indigenous navigation tradition Hydrographische Nachrichten, 32 (100). pp. 54-58.

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Stick charts are a significant part of the Micronesian Marshallese navigation tradition
in the Pacific Ocean. The islanders navigated without instruments just by observing,
among others, oceanic phenomena such as swells, currents, and roughness characteristics
of the sea surface. For a long time, the explanation of the various sticks of such
latticework remained secret and something of a mystery and was only obtained by
oral transmission under great difficulties. Old and new interpretations of stick charts
are compared and presented. Signatures of different swells manifested on stick charts
were identified and proved by satellite remote sensing data. Current research on indigenous
navigation is growing to conserve such unique tradition in the Pacific and especially
in the sea area of the Marshall Islands. For
scientific research on indigenous navigation
knowledge collaboration between natural
scientists and ethnologists is necessary.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Marshall Islands, stick charts, swell diffraction, neutron diffraction, CHRIS satellite image
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Refereed: No
ISSN: 0949-5657
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 08:05
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 10:20

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