Structure and Dynamics
THE VAEAKAU-TAUMAKO WIND COMPASS AS PART OF A “NAVIGATIONAL TOOLKIT”
- Author(s): Pyrek, Cathleen Conboy
- Feinberg, Richard
- et al.
Different voyaging communities in the Pacific use a variety of non-instrument navigational techniques for way-finding across long distances. The use of a star compass has been well documented for several groups. Wind compasses are less well documented and appear to be less utilized throughout the region. This article seeks to understand the Vaeakau-Taumako wind compass as it compares to other wind compasses, as well as how wind and star compasses and other navigational techniques compare to each other as cognitive frameworks for navigation.