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Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Guided only by traditional navigation techniques, Club Fellow Dan Lin FN’ 14 and members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society are participating in a five year journey toward a more sustainable future. While aboard the Hawaiian voyaging vessel Hōkūle’a, Lin and the Polynesian Voyaging Society are promoting conservation of both environmental and cultural resources. A recent stop placed them in the North Queensland region of Australia - just in time for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

In addition to the stunning performances and landscape, the festival is rooted in ideas of cultural conservation. Many of the dances are believed to be tens of thousands of years old, stemming from traditional practices, spiritual beliefs, or local legends. In his own words, Lin explained, “Our voyage, much like this dance festival, believes in building a better future for the next generation to inherit.”

Click here to learn more about his experience at the festival in a piece he wrote for National Geographic, featuring captivating photography of the dancers in action.

For more updates on their voyage, you can follow Dan and the crew of the Hōkūle’a on twitter.

Photos courtesy of Dan Lin FN ‘14

Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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