9 Feb 2017

Reviving a maritime culture lost for centuries

From , 6:03 am on 9 February 2017

An inconspicuous red shed nestled in the hills near a small New Zealand town is the unlikely base for an effort to revive the maritime culture of the Marianas Islands, some 6000 kilometres away.

Once a common sight in the seas of the northern Pacific, the Chamorro proa was banned when the Spanish occupied the Northern Marianas and Guam from the 17th century, and the knowledge has since been lost.

But with the help of one 270-year-old sketch, one small group is bringing it back.

Jamie Tahana reports.

Pete Perez

Pete Perez Photo: RNZ/ Jamie Tahana