Re: Amerindian navigators and Eurocentrism in scholarship
I don't see a couple of points that keep being mentioned.
First there is no reason to believe rafts are automatcly rectangular. As a
my friends and I often built simple rafts and many had bows. One even had
bows. I see no reason why sea going rafts could not have had bows, especially
it they were the inheritors of large raft traditions. We aren't taling Huck
Finn, but peoples with deep water tradin experience involving a trading
network. They also would now about streamlining from canoes, etc. What do the
Spanish sources and any contemporary images of such rafts say/show?
Since many diffusionists talk about the importance of the currents, how
important is the streamlining if they use different routes that take
I don't think the issue of fresh water has every been addressed well. The
reading I have done has always left me doubting that the supplies really
be adequate. Where are we on this? Water is the number one problem for ships
of any time period, inclluding today, on long voayges.
I also have dowbts about the problems of water logging. Heyerdahl discusses
this, considers it a real problem, but doesn't really resolve it. Sealants
could resolve some of this. But there does not seem to a tradition of
freeboard on these rafts as well to reduce water into the interior of the
logs. On the coastal trade ne can assume that rpalcement of logs was fairly
regular when they became water logged. But where are we with that on
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