Mariners of Moana: An Artifact Exploration

by  The Mariners' Museum

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Polynesia comes to life in this interactive virtual exploration of the indigenous peoples of Oceania. By comparing images from the Disney movie Moana to artifacts in The Mariners’ Museum and Park Collection, students will learn about the traditions of South Pacific Islanders and their unique maritime history. Students will interpret objects, paintings, maps, dance, and specialized charts to understand the distinctive and varied cultures present in islands from Hawaii to New Zealand. At the conclusion of the program, students will build their own navigational chart with found items, just like the mariners of the Marshall Islands.

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Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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The Mariners' Museum

Newport News, VA
United States

The Mariners’ Museum is located in Newport News, Virginia, but our educational reach extends far beyond our physical doors. Just as Man has used the sea to journey around the world for thousands of years, The Mariners’ now uses Interactive Videoconferencing to offer programming to schools across the country and around the globe.
The Mariners' Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world, houses a treasure trove of more than 35,000 items inspired by human experiences with the sea.

Harriet Smith

Program Details


1. Students learn about Polynesian culture and traditions.
2. Students compare characters and objects from the film Moana to items from The Mariners' Museum's collection.
3. Students learn about wayfinding and celestial navigation.
4. Students learn about modern Polynesian wayfinders
5. Students are shown how to make their own navigational chart.


- Students will compare artifacts to movie images.
- Students will build a non-traditional map/chart.
- Students will compare past to the present through image comparison.
- Students will identify aspects of Polynesian people and culture.
- Students will identify 7 continents.
- Students will analyze a timeline and map showing Polynesian colonization.
- Students will create their own dance based on Polynesian traditions.
- Students will identify historical events and changes through time.
- Students will develop their own hypotheses.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Virginia History (2015):
3.1a-e, g, j; 3.7; VS.1d, g; USI.1a, d, g; USI.2a, c, d

Virginia Science (2018):
3.1a, cd, d; 3.2a, b; 3.4a; 4.1a-d; 4.7b; 5.1a-b; 5.2a-b; 5.3a-b, d; 5.9a-c

Virginia English (2017): 4.2a, c; 4.3a-b; 5.2a, d; 5.3a-c

Virginia Visual Arts (2013): 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.11, 3.13, 3.15, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.14, 4.16,
5.1, 5.3, 5.10, 5.11, 5.12, 5.13, 5.14, 5.17