Adi Yeta | Fijian sailing canoe (Drua)

Queen's House

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Essential information

Opening times: 
10am - 5pm
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
National Maritime Museum

Get up close to this beautiful example of Fijian craftsmanship: a double-hulled sailing canoe.

Canoe-building has always been part Fiji's traditional culture. Canoes, known as drua, could only be built by members of the community who inherited the right to use their skills from their ancestors.

This drua's name is 'Adi Yeta' - or 'Lady Yeta' - named after one of the people who commissioned its building. She is 8 metres long and was built in Fiji in 2014-15 using local wood, fibre and leaves. After sailing in Fiji’s 2015 Hibiscus Festival canoe races, she was displayed in the 2016-17 exhibition Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the UK.

See Adi Yeta on display in Pacific Encounters.

Watch the story of Adi Yeta and how she was rigged for display.

Adi Yeta's builders

  • Korovou Vakaloloma

  • Curu Vakaloloma

  • Misaele Tovolea

  • Losalini Tayaco

  • Joji Marau Misaele

  • Luisa Vereivalu Marau

  • Setareki Domonisere

  • Capetu

  • Rogovosa Biu