THE CANOES OF OCEANIA
Canoes have been an essential feature of Oceania life for thousands of years. From the large voyaging canoes to the simple fishing canoes, they have provided food and transportation for Pacific Island people. Their construction varies according to the available material. In Melanesia, where large trees are available, they are normally a dug-out canoe which involves hollowing out the trunk of the tree. In Micronesia, where these trees are not available construction was quite different and normally involved joining together planks of wood with glue, often made from the sap of the breadfruit tree and are tied together using coconut fibre.
I do hope that you find the following pictorial images of our Oceania Canoes to be of some interest.
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Carving a canoe from a single tree trunk, Papua New Guinea
A traditional outrigged canoe, Marshall Islands, 1920
Melanesian war canoe
Canoe transport, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands war canoe
River sailing in Fiji using a canoe constructed from a large tree
Samoa war canoe, pre-1920
Early war canoe
Using the canoe for transport, Gailes, Papua New Guinea
Early image of a Samoa war canoe
Early image of a Samoa fishing canoe
Sailing in Tahiti
New Caledonia canoe
Pohnpei canoe, Federated States of Micronesia
Canoes of the Kiribati Islands