A boat is an essential possession for pacific communities whose lives are intrinsically linked to the sea. It allows them to connect with other communities by crossing the distances created by water, to fish and feed themselves. Without a boat the isolation is severe. With a boat the sea is their 'oyster'.
This image sums up the critical connections between people, the sea, and the natural materials their island homes provide. With them the people can turn a tree into a boat to cross the sea and return to their home again.