Va’a  customs survived tourough time and left it’s mark in Polynesians culture nowadays. However, it’s origin, history and social values tend to be slowly erased as time pass, leaving only the image of a « traditionnal sport ».

The 18th eddition of the Va’a world sprint championships taking place in Tahiti is a great occasion to discover, remember and share the meaning of the va’a, wa’a, waka in Polynesian culture. This exhibition is composed of an existing one named « Va’a the polynesian canoe », created by the Museum of Tahiti. This exhibition is focused on the canoe in ancient polynesian society and it’s revival after the 70’s, completed by  our noticeboards  who focuses more on the evolution in the relations between Polynesians and the va’a as a sport in our modern society. Then we have few portaits of some of the most iconic figures in the Tahitian va’a world. The second part of the exhibition was written by Haumata Wong a Master degree student in Polynesian civilisations at the University of French polynesia and Hana Chicou co-director of the Local Organization Comittee for the Va’a world sprint championships.

The goal of this exhibition is to discover, re-discover the va’a culture for the locals, but also for our cousins in the Pacific and people all over the world.


All the informations in the exhibit came from scientific ressources, articles, dissertation/thesis,  newspapers, navigator’s journals and interviews.


First, to the  ministry of culture, environement and crafts for the support in all of our cultural projects.

The Museum of Tahiti for the exhibition « Va’a the polynesian canoe ».

The Territorial archives for the bibliographic, iconographic and audiovisual ressoucres.

Te Fare Tauhiti Nui for the Cinematamua films.

And thank you to all the people whos contributions made this exhbition possible. Thank you for your time, your trust and your interest in this project.