Marquesan Single Hull Canoe

This type of canoe was inspired by Herb Kawainui Kane’s illustration of The Story of Laka in his work Voyagers. The legend is about Laka, who builds a canoe to sail to a distant island to seek vengeance for his murdered father and enslaved mother. While sailing with his seven companions the canoe is attacked by demons and a giant squid. Laka and his men dispatch them all and rescue his mother. This story (and variations of it) is told across the Pacific and the canoe is a representation of the Marquesas Islands canoe.