We, the Voyagers: Lata’s Children

We, the Voyagers: Lata’s Children

  • 2020 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 57 m 19 s

We are the crew of Lata, our Polynesian culture-hero who built the first voyaging canoe and navigated across the Pacific. We use only ancient designs, materials, and methods, and we invite everyone to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. This is the real ‘Moana’!In our isolated Polynesian community, we live the story of our ancestral culture-hero, Lata. To make a voyage Lata welcomes men, women, and children as crew, including hard workers with skills and applicants of dubious character, including an anthropologist. Our community blesses the vessel and sailors, and we learn how to set the sails. We find our way in the open ocean by interacting with patterns of winds, waves, stars, and other signs that our ancestors show us when we need them. We arrive at the islands and learn what happened to family members since the last voyage some generations earlier. We reconcile, reaffirm our love for each other, and look to our future together.

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We, the Voyagers: Lata’s Children

1:00 PM
Sunday 27 September 2020


Memorial Hall,
Main Street, Ōtaki


TRAILER: We, the Voyagers: Our Moana
  • Language English
  • Subtitle English
  • Indigenous Nation Taumako, Duff Islands
  • Country Solomon Islands
  • Director Marianne George, Dixon Holland
  • Indigenous Key Creative Bio Dixon was born and raised at Taumako and Tatumotu Islets, Duff Islands, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands. He studied and participated traditional voyaging culture practices all his life. His father is a major Chief in Duff Islands, and his brother leads the voyaging school there. His wife is a highly skilled weaver of sails and complex designs on baskets. He achieved high scores during 9 years attending commonwealth schools. He's taken advantage of opportunities for continuing education in books and in correspondence and church programs. There is no telephone or internet available in Taumako, and very limited at Nifiloli. But he spends many months at islands with communications to study technology and world cultural affairs. He began to learn videography and photography at the start of the Vaka Taumako Project in 1996 and continues through 2017. Dixon has documented the progress of the project and participated in producing and editing work under professional supervision during 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017.
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