Revival of Ancestral Navigation

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Revival of Ancestral Navigation

One surviving example of that old connectedness came up during the recent voyage from Easter Island. At first the Spanish-speaking Rapanuans, French-speaking Tahitians and the English-speaking Cook Islanders and Maoris on the canoes had difficulty understanding one another.

Through weeks at sea they solved this by using their distinct but closely-related native languages to communicate

 

By John Pickford

 

Source : http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23359495