Following the trail of ancient histories
Cousins Across the Sea (directed by Peter Marsh and Gabi Plumm) tells of an ancient legend that lies buried deep in the vaults of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu — a legend that holds a secret so precious that its very existence has been hidden from the Hawaiian people for more than two centuries. Explorers Peter Marsh and Gabi Plumm set out on a voyage of discovery, determined to find out if this legend really tells where the Hawaiian people came from. The dispute between science and folklore is brought into sharp focus in this incisive and probing film about the true origins of the Eastern Polynesian people. It explores legends, genealogies, toolkits, sea levels and DNA findings to determine the truth. Traveling from Hawaii to Haida Gwaii, Alaska to Bella Coola, British Columbia to New Zealand, the explorers talk with keepers of the chants, archeologists, historians and descendants of the first Hawaiians. Their investigation verifies the stories of the people of the Pacific, painting a compelling picture of how Eastern Polynesia was actually colonized.
Released in 2013
Running time: 58 minutes
Explorers and Adventures