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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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Reply #8 - Nov 17th, 2020 at 6:28am
 
Very few people sling in the Islands, it's a dead tradition. All martial arts were banned and most weapons destroyed after Christianity.
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Reply #9 - Nov 17th, 2020 at 8:05am
 
The guys on Guam are dedicated to bringing it back and doing a pretty good job of it from what I've seen. Even been promoting sling golf Cheesy
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Reply #10 - Nov 17th, 2020 at 8:36am
 
Kick wrote on Nov 17th, 2020 at 8:05am:
The guys on Guam are dedicated to bringing it back and doing a pretty good job of it from what I've seen. Even been promoting sling golf

Good luck to them. I've had a look at their sites. Lots of people trying to cash in on it. But it's just a copy of what the Europeans are doing with a few marketing gimmicks thrown in. There is nothing wrong with that, but it's not traditional.
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Reply #11 - Dec 8th, 2020 at 11:46am
 
Dang Kilisi, I'm impressed with your dedication. Digging up a post from 2004... nice job.
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Reply #12 - Dec 8th, 2020 at 2:41pm
 
IronGoober wrote on Dec 8th, 2020 at 11:46am:
Dang Kilisi, I'm impressed with your dedication. Digging up a post from 2004... nice job.

Thanks man, I'm going through the whole site slowly. By the time I finish I'll be a slinging expert Wink
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Reply #13 - Dec 9th, 2020 at 4:23am
 
Kilisi, I want to ask you a (two in fact) question.
You say the tradition of the sling is gone. But do we know what traditional material was used to make the sling ? And the method to make these beautiful slingstones ?
I hope I'm not bothering you too much with my questions. But it might pay homage to the traditions of your country.
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Reply #14 - Dec 9th, 2020 at 9:29am
 
TOMBELAINE wrote on Dec 9th, 2020 at 4:23am:
Kilisi, I want to ask you a (two in fact) question.
You say the tradition of the sling is gone. But do we know what traditional material was used to make the sling ? And the method to make these beautiful slingstones ?
I hope I'm not bothering you too much with my questions. But it might pay homage to the traditions of your country.

It would have been coconut fibre for the strongest slings. Our method of making this fibre is much stronger than any other. But very time consuming. It's still made and used today, but very expensive to buy. I made one sling out of it, which cost me about $40 in fibre.

There was no manufacture of sling stones that I know of.

But I can't go ask anyone here. They only know about slinging from the bible story of David and Goliath.

I know they had slings and used them in war because it's documented and there is a word in the language for sling. But people don't have any knowledge of the old martial arts. It was all banned long ago.

The old days was a dark time full of ghosts, cannibals and sudden death. I wouldn't want to live in it.
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