Navigation stick chart, Marshall Islands

Marshall islanders learn basic navigation from charts that mark islands with shells or coral pebbles, while bent sticks show wave patterns between islands. Navigators use waves, winds, clouds, stars, sun, moon, and birds and fish to know their location.
National Museum of Natural History

Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan

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Judith Gradwohl, Smithsonian Institution (Curator/Ocean Planet)