Monday, May 30, 2011

Samoan Long Boats, Fautasi

May 27, 2011

It is hard to believe that Samoans, related to Hawaiians and other Polynesians, were at one time seafarers crossing great distances. Today the tradition is kept alive by annual long boat races and the sound of the coxswain’s, posini, drums. Here a crew ends its daily practice in Apia harbor as they prepare for Independence Day, June 1-2, races.

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