Disney funds “Drua” launch
05:51 Mon Apr 03, 2017
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Sainiani Boila
A traditional canoe, the “Drua” was launched off the Suva foreshore in an effort to revive ancient iTaukei crafts.
Walt Disney executives from the United States funded the Drua and named it “The Heart of Tefiti”.
People from the Lau Group now living in Korova Settlement in Suva were chosen to build the canoe.
Drua craftsman, Semiti Cama says it is the Fijian heritage and it should be looked after in all ways.
According to Fiji Museum Field Researcher, Sepeti Matararaba, modern building materials are not allowed to be used while building the traditional boat.
“The instruction was given by the old chief Ratu Finau that the boat builder, the Jafau clan boat builders should not use any nails or any steel at all on the boat.”
Walt Disney executives from the United States see this as a way of giving back for the success of the movie Moana and ensuring that cultural treasures are maintained.
The Drua or Fijian double hulled canoes were the largest, finest sea-going vessels in the South Pacific before the arrival of Europeans.
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