Papa Mau: The Wayfinder
2010, 57 Minute Running Time
CLOSING NIGHT of the 10th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
Papa Mau: The Wayfinder recounts the fundamental role that master navigator Mau Piailug played in reawakening Polynesian pride by teaching Hawai'ians the dying art of traditional voyaging without the aid of instruments. While the art of non-instrument navigation was lost in Polynesia, it lived on in the tiny Micronesian atoll of Satawal, in a man named Mau. Chosen at birth and trained from an early age, Mau was not only destined to become a master of this dying tradition, but he also had the singular foresight to create a wayfinding legacy for all of Oceania by sharing his knowledge with a new generation of Hawaiian navigators. When Mau successfully guided Hokule'a to Tahiti in 1976, the voyage launched a collective reawakening of cultural pride and unity throughout the Pacific. Papa Mau: The Wayfinder documents three decades of Mau's legacy through voyaging adventures. It is a story of great adversity, the testing and mending of relationships, and even loss of life, but ultimately, it is a story of collective courage and hope for Hawaiians. Sail along on this remarkable journey of an iconic voyaging canoe and of a renewed people, both guided by the wisdom of Papa Mau, the master wayfinder who breathed life back into the sails of Polynesia's voyaging tradition.
DIRECTOR: Naalehu Anthony