The First Great Seafarers

Polynesia (made up of approximately 1.000 islands in the Pacific Ocean) is said to be the last part of the world to be inhabited by humans 3000 years ago. Contrary to earlier belief, researchers have found last year that the DNA of current inhabitants of for example the Solomon Islands and Tahiti bare strong resemblance to those of a culture from South East Asia, a culture that was called Lapita (now Taiwan). Earlier research already established descendants from the Lapita culture are found on islands in the Indian Ocean and even as far as Madagascar, making them the first great seafarers to have crossed the globes’ oceans between 5000 and 3000 years ago, and therefor the first to have built ships that were capable of long distance travel.

Interesting enough, a lot of the cultures on these islands still have a lot in common today, this common heritage is called Austronesian. Our networkmember Small Island, Big Song unites them through music and film, creating songs with musicians from the Indian and Pacific ocean. One of the musicians featured on their label is Chilean/Easter Islander Yoyo Tuki, who captered a very unique moment of connection in Australia a couple of weeks ago: a native Bornean, Solomon Islander and Taroko (indigenous Taiwanese) and himself (Rapa Nui) sat together and counted to 10 in their mother tongue, which turns out to be identical for the 4 of them. You can watch the video here:

Apparently 5000 years ago a group of seafarers left the shores of Taiwan in search for new land. Following the oceanic currents, they reached much of the pacific and Indian Ocean. All te way to Tahiti, Rapa Nui and even Madagascar. In a rare and unique opportunity, a Rapa Nui, a Solomon Islander, a Native Taroko (Taiwanese indigenous) and a Native Bornean sit together to exchange and share language. How amazing is to find out that we all share STILL some connections through language and culture. In the video a Native Taiwanese Taroko woman shows us how they count, with some of the words being almost exactly the same in all four different native languages. Eg: Taroko: Toru (3), Rapa Nui: Toru – Taroko: Lima (5), Rapa Nui: Rima – Taroko: Pitu (7), Rapa Nui: Hitu. Finding family and pieces of this intriguing puzzle along the way. Austronesian connexion and heritageAparentemente 5000 anios atras un grupo de navegantes dejo las costas de Taiwan en busca de nuevas tierras. Siguiendo las corrientes oceanicas llegaron a gran parte del Oceano Pacifico e Indico. Incluyendo Tahiti, Rapa Nui he incluso Madagascar! En una rara y unica oportunidad, un Rapa Nui, un nativo de las Islas solomon, un indigena Taroko de Taiwan y otro de Borneo se sientan a compatir y comparar la lengua. Increible encontrar que AUN pese a la distancia y anios, encontramos similitudes en el lenguage. En el video una mujer Taroko nos muestra como se cuenta en la lengua nativa. Algunas de las palabras son casi las mismas en las 4 diferentes lenguas!Ej: Taroko: Toru (3), Rapa Nui: Toru – Taroko: Lima (5), Rapa Nui: Rima – Taroko: Pitu (7), Rapa Nui: Hitu. Encontrando familia y piezas de este intrigante puzzle en el camino. La conexion y herencia Austronesica es evidente.

Geplaatst door Yoyo Tuki op Woensdag 12 juli 2017

If you want to read more details relating this topic, please go to the Daily Mail.