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Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:32 pm

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The four stamps issued by Tokelau Island shows us canoe racing in Tokelau waters.

The Tokelau Islands (Union Group) consist of three atolls, Atafu, Nukunono, and Fakaofu, which lie just north of the Samoa Islands. They are administered by New Zealand. Canoes play an important part in the life of Tokelau, being used for fishing, transportation, and sport. Young men must earn their place in the fishing canoes as the fishermen hold an important place in society.

Canoe racing provides an opportunity for the young men to prove their skill and strength, as shown on the four stamps issued by Tokelau on 08 November 1978. The races are held about three times a year and anyone from the three atolls may enter the competition. Canoes are paddled by individuals or teams, are sailed, or paddled and sailed. The largest canoe seat 10 people in pairs. They are usually made from the kanava tree, and have an outrigger on the left side.
The stamps were designed by Faraima Paulo, a 23-year-old native of Atafu atoll, and the only artist in Tokelau.

Source New Zealand Philatelic Bulletin as given in Watercraft Philately 1972 page 27
Tokelau Islands 1978 5c/30c sg 65/68, scott 65/68.
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