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Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:15 pm

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The model on this stamp is designed after a “vaka” which is in the possession of the National New Zealand museum TePapa in Welington.

This a model of a vaka (outrigger canoe) from Tokelau. Tokelauan people use vaka for transport around the atolls or to travel to fishing spots within and beyond the reef. They are usually propelled using paddles or sails. An ama (outrigger float) helps keep the vessel stable in the sea. Sometimes the vaka are built large enough to carry several men. However, one or two men can comfortably operate in a vaka and carry out most of the tasks associated with fishing. In the early 21st century, plank built vaka were rare and being replaced by aluminium and inflatable motorised dinghies.

A full sized vaka is usually made from short planks of wood sewn together with coconut fibre (sennit). In this model, the model maker has left out the detailing of joined planks. However, the hull, of dark-coloured wood, is in two pieces, lashed together at the centre. Each half appears to consist of three parts, the main hull and two upper planks, but this impression is created by decorative lashing over an incised line on the outside of the hull where each plank appears to be attached. The bow and stern covers and a single thwart are lashed to the hull. There is a long ama (outrigger float) of light coloured wood, joined to the hull by two main kiato (outrigger booms) with three kiato between. The kiato are further secured by two beams inside and parallel to the ama. There are three paddles.

Acquisition History
This model vaka was collected circa 1920 - 1930 by Percy Williams and presented by Ms Barbara Williams, 13 February 1986. Percy Williams was the founding headmaster (1924–27) of Avele Agricultural School and teacher (1928–31) at Malifa School, Samoa.
Tokelau 1971 20c sg 31, scott?
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