Samoa’s traditional ocean journey
In 2017, Conservation International (CI), Disney’s “Moana,”
Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS) and the
Government of Samoa collaborated to celebrate the tradition of wayfinding and inspire communities to protect the ocean on which they depend. Together, we set sail on the Gaualofa, Samoa’s traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe, to deliver Disney’s “Moana” – a Pacific story of empowerment, voyaging and communities’ connection with nature – to coastal villages. Through traditional storytelling, displays and discussions with communities, we aimed to increase environmental awareness and inspire greater
natural resource stewardship among these communities.