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17 April 2019


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Philip Fitzpatrick

It's quite something to sail on one of those big lakatois, even for a short distance.

The Motuan traders had special relationships with families in the Gulf and always went back to those trading partners.

I've also come across references to women occasionally going on the voyages. I'm not sure whether this was true or not but I do recall women being involved in some of the re-enactments in the 1960s.

The present emphasis on the new idea of a Hiri-Moale Queen tends to overshadow the main event of the past but I guess that's progress.

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