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

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Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner

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


Marshall Islands


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

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Bamboo, cowrie shells, and twine


Africa and Oceania