Old Technology

These are illustrations of some older technology that was rarely seen on Sikaiana in 1980-1993. The outrigger canoe (vaka hai ama) was once the usual form of transportation. During my stays in the 1980s, there were none. Instead, a single hull canoe (manaui) was made. I did not see any fish hooks like the paa; the illustration was provided by John Kilatu and drawn by his son, Henry Teloto. Using a handheld fishing net (kautoko) was once common. There were none during my stay. The only times back-strap looms (mea tau) were set up was when I commissioned one and later when the National Museum commissioned one. The following illustrations were drawn by Henry Teloto under the supervision of his father, John Kilatu.