Speedboat to Polynesia!

From Madagascar to Rekohu and from Hawai’i to the South Island of Aotearoa, the people we know today as Austronesians have occupied more of the surface of our planet than nearly any other group of related human beings.

This remarkable ocean-going culture expanded at an astonishing rate across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, resulting in hundreds of scenes like the one illustrated in LEGO microscale by Eldert (evhh):

LEGO outriggers and island

The volcanic island dwarfs the tiny outrigger canoes, and for me symbolizes human ingenuity in the face of what might appear to be insurmountable odds. It’s achievements like this that make me proud to be human, and makes it easy to imagine tiny outrigger spaceships arriving on the shores of a distant island in the sky not too far in the future…

(Post title courtesy Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs, And Steel.)

1 comment on “Speedboat to Polynesia!

  1. Brad

    If you look at the closer shots of the water, you can see that the water is sloped to simulate the movement of the ocean. It is an awesome effect.

    I’d also like to add that Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel is well worth reading!

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