Cook Islands Voyaging Canoe

This model is a reconstruction of how the Cook Islands double hull canoes from the island of Mangaia must have looked like. There is very little litterature available about those canoes but we know that the islanders used the same type hull as the one used for their outriggers to build the double hull. It is interesting to note that the double hull canoes of the Cook archipelago had many features in common with those from Hawaii, Marquesan Islands and New-Zealand. This model is based on the hull on display at the NEW ZEALAND MUSEUM Te Papa Tongarewa.

According to the artist, no Cook Islands double hull canoe model seems to never have been made with such accuracy and details.

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