Navigation Chart, Marshall Islands

Navigation Chart, late 19th century, Marshall Islands, wood, fiber, and shells (American Museum of Natural History). Speakers: Jenny Newell, Steven Zucker and Tina Stege

Master sailors fashioned these maps from sticks and cowrie shells, registering relationships between land and sea.

Cite this page as: Dr. Jenny Newell and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Navigation Chart, Marshall Islands," in Smarthistory, April 1, 2017, accessed November 24, 2020,