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Saturday, September 29 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cultural Connections: Pacific Voyaging - Guiding Our Future with Wisdom from Our Past

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Learn about the historical and cultural heritage of Pacific voyaging over the last millenium. Celestial navigation was a vanishing art when a cultural revival of voyaging began in the 1970's based on the teachings of Micronesian navigator Mau Pialug of Satawal. Panelists will explore the cultural values of our ancestors and the canoe as a metaphor for planet Earth, an island of limited resources, floating in the sea of space. The discussion will highlight the applicability of voyaging values to the current environmental crisis and the development of a new ethos for stewardship for Island Earth, “Our Blue Canoe”. The panel will delve into the art of storytelling in reference to the upcoming film, Our Blue Canoe, a cinematic feature documentary that chronicles the epic journey of the Pacific Voyagers, a group of over 100 Pan-Pacific Islanders, who for the first time ever, sailed a fleet of traditional-style voyaging canoes across the Pacific, and over 140,000 nautical miles, to carry a message of stewardship for the ocean.

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Dr. Elizabeth Lindsay

The first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is a cultural anthropologist and award winning filmmaker.   Elizabeth’s keen insights and first-hand accounts from around the world have made her keynote addresses an inspiring call to action.  A sought after speaker in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, her audiences have included: Oxford... Read More →
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Gianna Savoie

"Mastering Science Storytelling: It’s Personal." | Gianna Savoie is an award-winning documentary producer and writer with over a decade of experience in Natural History filmmaking.  Her work has been featured worldwide on Discovery, PBS, Animal Planet, National Geographic, and the BBC among others. | Trained as an Environmental Biologist, she pairs her love of science with the art of filmmaking to craft the stories that not only... Read More →
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Kelly Siman

Managing Director, Pacific Voyagers Foundation
Kelly is the Managing Director of Pacific Voyagers, where she runs the Hawaii office and heads Pacific operations.  She fell in love with the oceans and marine conservation when she was in the middle of a dark winter, high on a plateau, at the South Pole Station, Antarctica, and found a deep affection and respect for the Pacific Islands and its people when on break from Antarctica.  She went on to receive her Masters in Geography from the... Read More →
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Nainoa Thompson

Over the past 35 years, Nainoa Thompson has inspired and led a revival of the traditional arts associated with long-distance ocean voyaging in Hawai‘i and throughout Polynesia. | | Not only is he a navigator and sail master of the double-hulled canoe Hōkūleʻa, but Mr. Thompson is a charismatic, spellbinding storyteller and a visionary leader. He is also an innovator, having developed a system of wayfinding, or non-instrument navigation... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2012 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Museum of Monterey 5 Custom House Plaza Monterey, CA 93940

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