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Navigational Chart

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The inhabitants of the Marshall Islands are skilled sailors, able to traverse vast distances in large outrigger canoes. This is an example of the sailing charts that once aided their voyages. Bent sticks indicated wave formations, while shells referred to the location of islands. The unique...

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Provenance

Collected by Governor and Mrs. Skinner in 1961 in the Marshalls, a gift from the local government.

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner

Micronesian, Marshall Islands, 20th–mid 20th century

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Marshall Islands

Dimensions

Overall: 66 x 63 cm (26 x 24 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

2002.789

Medium or Technique

Bamboo, cowrie shells, and twine

Collections

Africa and Oceania

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