Magazine article Geographical

Rising to the Shulman Challenge

Magazine article Geographical

Rising to the Shulman Challenge

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The Neville Shulman Challenge Award was set up with the aim of furthering the understanding and exploration of the planet and its cultures, peoples and environments. Activities such as these often present those undertaking them with great physical and intellectual challenges, and the Shulman Award specifically embraces these challenges, encouraging applicants to focus on the personal development that meeting aha overcoming them brings.

Damian Welch, the 2005 award winner, will certainly face some significant challenges when he undertakes his expedition. Welch's project. Canoe Tokelau, involves a sea voyage by traditional canoe in the remote Polynesian Pacific, travelling from the isolated group of atolls that make up Tokelau to Western Samoa, 480 kilometres and up to ten days away.

On Tokelau, a tiny group of atolls only a few metres above sea eve the ancient lifestyle of sea fishing by canoe has inevitably given way to modernisation, with the outboard motor and the internet forever changing the nature of life on the islets. As young Tokelauans move away to find employment in New Zealand, there's a risk that Know edge of the sea. passed down orally for generations, will be lost forever.

Welch's project is as much about education as it is about physical challenges. With the aim of inspiring the younger generation of Tokelauans with a sense of pride in their maritime heritage, Welch, along with his Tokelauan friends and sailing companions Mika Kalolo and Stan Feleti, will learn traditional navigational skills from the few elders still able to share first-hand knowledge. …

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