Vessel: Fijian drua SEMA MAKAWA, a double-hulled war canoe.

Tuimaleya, Joeli
Raqatima, Sirilo
Production date
Jun 1993
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This canoe is a small example of the traditional gigantic Fijian drua, an asymmetrical, double-hulled canoe used for ocean voyages and for warfare. Drua traditionally were commissioned only by chiefs and built by professional canoe builders. The largest could be up to 30 metres in length and carry as many as 200 warriors. The name of this drua means Old Links.
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Maker and role
Tuimaleya, Joeli: Boatbuilder
Raqatima, Sirilo: Boatbuilder
Wood: 1 - Drua
Natural Fibre: 1 - Drua
Sennit: 1 - Drua
Shell: 0 - Whole
Paint: 1 - Drua
Measurement details
Length (m): 7.4m (24 3/8ft): 0 - Whole
Beam (m): 2.6m (8 3/8ft): 0 - Whole
Sail Area (sq m): 7sq m (75sq ft): 0 - Whole
Production place and notes
Fiji, Oceania
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On display


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