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South Pacific Slinging
Jun 26th, 2004 at 11:34am
 
Being interested in survival generally, I started looking at being able to survive on a desert island, ie, somewhere beautiful in the South Pacific.  It has now become my dream to live on a small island somewhere, maybe in Samoa, grow Taro and Elephant ear root and Yams, and fish with a dugout canoe, no money, no worries, just me and nature.  And coconuts.  Anyway, in my internet searchings, I was looking at Guam, and I discovered that the use of the sling was and in some areas still is encouraged, and practised.  Incidentally, I found the image at the home of this website, the slingstone with the sling.  Apparently it is in the Guam museum.  This is all a bit of a round-a-bout way of saying; does anyone know how widespread use  of the sling was and is in the south Pacific, from Melanesia to Polynesia?
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Reply #1 - Jun 26th, 2004 at 8:57pm
 
English,

I think in the "Articles" section there are some articles of sling use in that area.
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Reply #2 - Jun 27th, 2004 at 4:04am
 
I just found one reference, in "Brief History of the Sling", saying that it is still popular in the mediterranean and south Pacific.  No real details, though.  Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.  Pointers?
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Reply #3 - Jun 27th, 2004 at 7:45pm
 
Some bloody battles were fought in Guam with the sling. I have a slingstone from Guam from that era I bought from an antiguities dealer. The slingstone is even on Guam's official seal.
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Reply #4 - Jun 28th, 2004 at 5:16am
 
Wow, really?  Do they carve them out of rock or something, because they don't look like clay?  Nice, neat, glan-type shape.
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Reply #5 - Jun 29th, 2004 at 11:23am
 
Isn't  Taro and Elephant ear root the same thing?

Have you been to Guam? Hate to break it to you, it isn't a paradise anymore, try the islands of Fiji....
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Reply #6 - Jun 30th, 2004 at 11:23am
 
I was just looking at Guam, not really considering it as a place to live.  I looked at Fiji, and it does sound very nice.  And there are plenty of uninhabited atolls and islands.  Low population density too.  I was also looking at Samoa, but it seems a bit small and crowded, really.  I like the look of Vanuatu also, because it is a traditional place, plenty of islands and atolls, and the language, Bislama, is a pidgin, and so very easy.
  Yeah, I think they are the same thing actually.
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Reply #7 - Jul 2nd, 2004 at 11:49am
 
Vanuatu would be great, but yeah, lacking a ticket and travel time, they are basically all the same. Cheesy
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