Fishing Lore of Tobi. Peter W. Black 1968, 2017
The Canoes of Tobi
Patricio Mohorihotimoh, April 28
When the first people came to Tobi they came in a Wolei style canoe. The Pauh was straight—
and no Hau. This canoe was 40 feet long with one pandanus sail.
In the time of the sixth chief a man named Fetereheng, after many experiments, changed the sides from
to adding the Metesie.
Fetereheng’s canoe was faster and it could sail much closer to the wind without capzising. He also changed the Pauh from
He had two sons—Feter, the eldest, and Tehenuroi. They both learned how to build the new style canoe from their father and when Fetereheng died, they both became canoe builders.
Feter built canoes his father’s way but Tehenuroi shortened the Metesie
This made a faster canoe that could not go on rough seas. Both designs are still in use today.
Patricio eliminated the Houm
when he started adding copper stripping on the bottom to protect the canoe from the reef. The Houm was merely decorative.
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