The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Model drua

A model drua showing the valeniwaqa (deckhouse), domodomo (mast), sail and rigging. The thatched valeniwaqa opened toward the main hull, to ensure that the open side remained sheltered while the canoe was underway. The chiefs would rest within the deckhouse, safe from sea spray, while lesser mortals would have to sit on the exposed weather side of the deck.

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