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ancestral voyaging 

is alive

since 1988, Pacific Traditions Society

Supports initiatives by ancestral voyaging educators, including the Taumako Traditional Voyaging School of Holau Vaka Taumako Association (HVTA).

HVTA aims are listed below:

  • Train youth to build vaka and navigate using ancient designs, methods & materials


  • Honor & protect Taumakoan cultural heritage & intellectual property rights


  • Accommodate local and international students at Lata Voyaging School of Taumako 


  • Revive and create more sustainability, resilience, bio-diversity and food security 


  • Reopen ancient seaways & re-establish peaceful voyaging partnerships and networks

  • Write, video, archive, and make films about ancient cultural knowledge of voyagers


  • Create and participate in cultural exchanges, presentations, and demonstrations

Under Water


Pacific Traditions Society stopped posting updates on this website 3 years ago. PTS will soon launch a substack page about the past, present, and future projects, and most contents will be on that page. See posts about the Vaka Taumako Project and other PTS projects since 2012 on Facebook pages "vakataumakoproject" and "george.mimi.56" 

* PTS Strategic Plan for December 2023 - December 2026

* The Taumako Traditional Voyaging School of Holau Vaka Taumako Association needs a sustainable escort boat to fulfill government rules for teaching youth at sea on traditional vessels.  Such a vessel would serve the entire region of SE Solomons and Northern Vanuatu. 

* New article "Pacific Traditions Society 45 Years of Ancient Voyaging Culture Education"

* Since December, 2023 PTS administers a Gerda Henkel Stiftung grant for Holau Vaka Taumako Association and Pasana Group to each build a canoe house and an ancestral vessel...


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