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Sam Low sailing to Rapa Nui aboard Hokule'a


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Present Position

Fine Arts Photographer and writer: Freelance Writer. Published Hawaiiki Rising in 2013 - the saga of Hokule'a and her famous navigator.
Working on Ohana - the story of Rawhide Ben Low - a famous Hawaiian cowboy.

Published many magazone articles.

Represented by Dragonfly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.


1975 Ph.D. Anthropology, Harvard

1971 M.A., Anthropology, Harvard

1964 B.A., History, Yale.

Military Service
1964 -1966 Active duty with the seventh fleet (Pacific), Lt. USNR.

Teaching Experience
Bowdoin College, Visiting Lecturer, 1977

Hunter College, Assistant Professor, the Department of Anthropology 1975-1976

Harvard University, Teaching Fellow - 1967 - 1969






Polynesian Voyaging Society, New Zealand, November 2014
Polynesian Voyaging Society, replication of ancient Hawaiian navigation: Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia to Satawal - March, 2007 -

Robert C. Seamans, Sea Education Association, Hawaii-Marquesas, March 2003.

Tahiti - Hawaii, winter, 2000 - Polynesian Voyaging Society

Mangareva - Easter Island, fall 1999 - Polynesian Voyaging Society

Tahiti - Hawaii, Spring, 1995 - Polynesian Voyaging Society

Anthropological Fieldwork in El Porvenir, Peru, 1969-1970. Harvard University.

Archeological Excavation - Roman Shipwreck, Torre Sgaratta, Italy , summer, 1968 PennMuseum.

Archeological Excavation - Byzantine shipwreck, Yassi Ada, Turkey, summer, 1968, National Geographic Society.

Archeological Excavation - Roman Shipwreck, Torre Sgaratta, Italy, summer, 1967 - PennMuseum.

Archeological Excavation - Ancient seaport, Cosa, Italy, summer, 1967

Archeological Excavation - Byzantine shipwreck, Yassi Ada, Turkey, summer 1966, National Geographic Society.

Two years voyaging South China Sea, U.S.S. Ponchatoula (AO 148) - Golden Shellback, 23 October, 1965

Archeological Excavation - ancient sea port at Kenchreai, Greece, summer, 1964, University of Chicago.

Sam Low at Lime Rock



Wreck of the Columbus - story of famous shipwreck off Martha's Vineyard, WNAN-FM - January 18, 2001 - writer/presenter.

No Hair Day -installed DeCordova Museum, October 2000; PBS broadcast Fall 2000 - videographer

Discover - The World of Science - producer/director/writer - Speed - April 16, 1997.

NOVA - producer/director/writer - Fast Cars - May 23, 1995.

Out of the Past - Series Producer: eight-part PBS series spring 1993
Out of the Past - Producer, director, writer: Collapse and New Worlds.

The Ring of Truth - Producer, director, writer - Change and Mapping - PBS - October 27 and November 3, 1987
The Navigators - Producer, director, writer - PBS national broadcast in 1983.

The Ancient Mariners - Producer, writer - Broadcast 1980 on PBS and BBC CHRONICLE Series.

Odyssey Series, Acquisitions producer, Ongka's Big Moka, Maasai Women, Cree Hunters, The Sakuddei, PBS, 1980.
Odyssey Series, Senior Researcher, 1978-1980.

Seaplanes at Moosehead, Producer, director, writer - WCVB-10 and MPBN, 1978.
The Maine Festival, Producer, director, writer - MPBN, Maine PBS, 1978.


Collage, Segment producer, director, writer; MPBN, Maine PBS, 1978.

The Saint Mary, Slide tape, 1976.


Walter Cronkite Award for Hawaiki Rising

Samuel M. Kamakau award for best book published in Hawaii 2014

Two Ka Palapala Po'okela Awards for Hawaiki Rising 2014

Nautilus award for Hawaiki Rising 2014

Ben Franklin award for Hawaiki Rising 2014

IPPY award for Hawaiki Rising 2014

Finalist for Foreward Review's Best Book of the Year Award 2014

Finalist for Next Generation Indie Book award in both multicultural and regional nonfiction 2014

Third Place, breaking news photo, New England Newspaper and Press Association, 2011.

First Place, pictorial photography, New England Newspaper and Press Association, 2009.

Second Place, pictorial photography, New England Newspaper and Press Association, 2008.

First Finalist, Society of Professional Journalists, Hawaii Chapter, Feature Writing - Long Form, Hana Hou magazine, Hokule'a 25th Anniversary articles, 2001

Kahili Award, 2001, Hawaii Visitors Bureau award for best article celebrating Hawaiian culture, Hana Hou magazine - "Guardians of the Pond"

Hawaii Publishers Association Pa'i award, 2001, Editorial Feature, first place, Hana Hou magazine - "Guardians of the Pond"

Kahili Award, 2000, Hana Hou magazine - Hokule'a 25th anniversary articles

Cine Golden Eagle, 1995 - Fast Cars

Bronze Plaque - 1995 - Columbus International Film and Video Festival - Fast Cars

Certificate of Merit - 1996 - Chicago International Film Festival - Fast Cars

Cine Golden Eagle - 1993 - Artisans and Traders

Cine Golden Eagle - 1993 - Collapse

Bronze Plaque - 41st Annual Columbus International Film and Video Festival - 1993

Cine Golden Eagle - 1983 - The Navigators

Blue Ribbon - American Film Festival - 1983 - The Navigators

Silver Anvil - 1983 - The Navigators.

Not-so-ancient mariner in Truk

Museum Exhibits, Screenings featuring "The Navigators" and Speaking Engagements

Oakland Museum - "Pacific Worlds" exhibit, photographs 2015

Waimea Ocean Film Festival Hawaii 2015

Pu’ukohola Park Hawaii 2014

Kaloko-Honokohau Park Hawaii 2014

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Park Hawaii 2014

Palace Theater - Hilo, Hawaii 2014

The Pacific Club - Oahu, Hawaii 2014

Outrigger Canoe Club, Oahu, Hawaii 2014

Hawaii Book and Music Festival 2013

The Bishop Museum Hawaii 2013

Daughters of Hawaii 2013

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaii 2013

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center Hawaii 2013

The Apprenticeshop Maine 2013

Mystic Seaport Museum Connecticut 2013

Photograph of Nainoa Thompson, in exhibition "Native Voices" - National Library of Medicine, Oct 2011 - 2013.

Photographs of Mau Piailug used in television program, "Kete Aronui," MTS (Maori Television), broadcast on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Kahikoluamea Center - Kapio'lani Community College, 6 x 6 foot picture of Hokule'a on permanent exhibit - 2009.

Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, Washington - photograph in exhibit entitled "Being Native Hawaiian in the Pacific Northwest"- 2008.

Imi Loa Astronomy Center, Hilo, Hawaii - photographs - 2007.

Mauna Loa Observatory, Waimea, Hawaii - photographs - 2006.

Burke Museum, Seattle - "Pacific Voices" - 1997
Ontario Science Center - "A Question of Truth" - 1996
Field Museum of Chicago - "People of the Pacific" - 1992-93
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, film series, 1988
Hansen Planetarium, "exploring the Pacific Series," - 1986
Honolulu Theatre for Youth, 1986
Nantes Festival International de film du Mer, 1985
Film/Video International at Castle Hill - 1984
Honolulu Film Festival, 1983
Margaret Mead Film Festival - 1983 - main auditorium screening.



Long Story Short - two one-half hour interview programs - KHET, Hawaii Public Television - 2014

Morning Show, Ron Mizzutani 2014

The Connection - Hawaii NPR 2013

The Point with Mindy Todd, WCAI Public Radio - one hour discussion of Hawaiki Rising 2013

Mike Buck Show, KHNR 690 2013

HawaiiNewsNow Sunrise, KGMB/KHNL, 2013

Fine Art Exhibits

"The Two Cousins" - two man show with painter Lanny McDowell, Old Grange Hall, West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts - September 3, 2005 (see gallery section for report).

"Chocolate Church Juried Photo Exhibit" - Bath, Maine, January 6 - February 11, 2006.

"Dragonfly Gallery" - Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts - June 21 to July 2, 2006 - two persson exhibit of photographs (with Peggy Turner Zablotny).

"Dragonfly Gallery" - exhibit of photographs - June 7 - 17th, 2007.

Hawaii Book and Music Festival, presentation - Hawaiki Rising - Memorial Auditorium, May 18, 2013.

Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Panel, May 18, 2013.

Daughters of Hawaii, presentation - Hawaiki Rising, May 28, 2013.

Bishop Museum - Traditions of the Paciifc - presentation - Hawaiki Rising, May 30, 2013.

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaiki Rising, June 4, 2013.

'Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hawaiki Rising, June 7, 2013.

Ezra Stiles Fellow, Yale University, September 2011 - September 2014.

Jan 26, 2011 - "Sailing the Starpaths," presentation to Sail Martha's Vineyard. Jan 16, 2011. "Sailing the Starpaths," presentation to Sea Education Association, Woods Hole.

November, 2010 - Hawaii Council for the Humanities grant to reissue "The Navigators" documentary and ancillary educational materials.

February, 2010, Papa Ola Lokahi grant to assist with publishing "Hawai'iki Rising" book.

2006 to present - Board Member (Honorary) the Art League of New Britain, Connecticut.

July 2004 - 2006, Board of Overseers, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, Mass.

June 2003 - June 2007, Curator, "Waka Moana" Exhibit and author of chapter on navigational methods, Auckland Museum, New Zealand.

January, 2003 - "Voyage of Hokule'a" - slide/lecture, Atlantic Challenge, Rockland, Maine. November, 2002 - "Star Traveler" - slide/lecture, Central Maine Astronomical Society, also September 20, 2003 at Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, Mass.

Oct 11, 2000 - "Present at the Creation" - slide/lecture at New Britain Museum of American Art. 1996 Media Panelist - The National Science Foundation.

1994 (to present) founding member and chairman of the Pare Lorentz Panel of the International Documentary Association.

1993 Principal Investigators' Panel - The National Science Foundation.

1992 Recipient of National Science Foundation production grant.

1992 Media Panelist - The National Endowment for the Humanities.

1988 Panelist - The Annenberg Foundation.

1986 Media Panelist - The National Endowment for the Humanities.

1984-85 The Pennsylvania State University, Media Consultant, NEW DIRECTIONS IN ARCHAEOLOGY film project.

1984 - Producers Workshop Panel - Documentary Production - Film/video International at Castle Hill.

1984 Department of Anthropology, Brown University, Media Consultant for National Endowment for the humanities funded film - THE IRON TREE.

1983 recipient of Hawaii Committee for the Humanities grant for production of film study guide to accompany The Navigators.

1981 recipient of Arthur Vining Davis Foundation film production grant for The Navigators.

1981 - "Anthropology for Television," presentation to the 14th Film and Video Seminar of the Northwest, Seattle, Washington.

1980 - "Anthropology and the Media: The Odyssey Series," presentation to the Conference on Visual Anthropology, Temple University.

1977 - Anthropology and Film: presentation to the Maine Photographic Workshops.

1977 - Yanomamo: the Fierce People; presentation of anthropological film in association with Bates College Film Board and department of Sociology and Anthropology.

1977 - Documentary Video Workshop - workshop leader for workshop on film-video production, University of Maine, Portland-Gorham.

1976-1977 - Maine Maritime Heritage - created 6 part lecture series at Bath Maritime Museum. December, 1975 - "House Space and Ladder Climbing" - paper presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society, San Francisco.

1973 - Oscar Newman and Associates - St. Louis Privatization Project - anthropologist consultant for major urban renovation project in St. Louis, Mo.

1972 - Allen Moore and Associates - the Hartcrime Project - anthropologist consultant to major urban planning effort in Hartford, Connecticut.

1968 - National Institute of Mental Health grant for anthropological field study in Peruvian Barriada.

Sam in Maine


Hawaiki Rising, non-fiction book, Island Heritage Press, May 18, 2013.

Sailing Magazine - "Mystery Island" - sailing Downeast - April 2009.

"Nainoa Thompson's Path to Knowledge: How Hokule'a's navigator finds his way" - chapter in Vaka Moana - Voyages of the Ancestors - K. R. Howe, editor, Auckland Museum, 2006

Sailing Magazine - "Sea of Love" - sailing the wine dark sea - a visit to the Cyclades - October, 2007.

Sailing Magazine - "Charter School" - article about Offshore Sailing School - July, 2007.

2007 Calendar, Office of Hawaiian Affairs – selection of photographs of Hokule'a.  

Waka Moana - a chapter entitled "Nainoa Thompson's Path to Knowledge: How Hokule'a's Navigator Finds his Way," pages 186-196 - in book published by Auckland New Zealand Museum in December 2006 to accompany an exhibit of Polynesian navigation and sailing.

Martha's Vineyard Magazine - "A ketch named Destiny" - May-June 2006.

Soundings magazine - "Maine Sailor Tries His Hand with Power" - August, 2005.

Martha's Vineyard Magazine - "It Freed His Heart" - Thomas Hart Benton - July 2004.

Sailing magazine - "In Search of Old Maine" - April 2004.

Soundings magazine - "Voyage to the Marquesas," August, 2004. .
Soundings magazine - "Polynesian Navigation," November, 2003.
Orion magazine, "In the Wake of the Ancestors," May-June, 2003.
Newsletter, Polynesian Voyaging Society, "Voyage to the Kupuna Islands", Spring/Summer, 2002.
Soundings magazine, "The Sea Shall Guide Them", April, 2002.
Enrichment Reading, chapter in English language textbook for college students in Mainland China, "From Captain Cook's Quandary A Dream is Born," Pearson Education North Asia, Ltd. and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing, China, 2001.
Martha's Vineyard magazine, "The Heart's Map," May - June, 2001.
Sailing magazine, "Stars to Steer Her By", March, 2001.
Hana Hou Magazine, "Guardians of the Pond," December, 2000.
Wooden Boat magazine, "Hawaii - The Spaceship of Our Ancestors, Hokule'a," September/October, 2000.
Martha's Vineyard magazine, "Island to Island", cover, feature story, July 2000.
The Contemporary Pacific, A Journal of Island Affairs, University of Hawaii, Wayfinders - A Pacific Odyssey, Film Review, Vol. 12, Number 1, Spring, 2000.
Hana Hou magazine, "A gift of the Wind," March, 2000.
Hana Hou magazine, "Voyages of Awakening," and Sidebars, March 2000.
Web site, The Polynesian Voyaging Society, Voyage to Rapa Nui - 1999-2000, daily reports from voyaging canoe Hokule'a, feature articles, photographs - sent via satellite from the canoe and published daily, fall 1999 - Winter 2000.
Cruising World, "A 4,000 mile Voyage into the Past," Final Frontier Department, October 1999.
Vineyard Gazette, miscellaneous comment articles, 1999 - 2004.
Sports Car International, "The Haul of Flame," September, 1997.
Boston Sunday Globe, Focus Section, "Using suburban amenities to reshape, revitalize cities," June 15, 1997.
Boston Sunday Globe, Travel section, "The Power and the Glory - a writer searches for his roots amid the Big Island's majesty," March 2, 1997.
LOUIE magazine, "The Zen Masters of Speed," fall, 1996.
Porche 356 calander, photograph for for November.

WAIMEA GAZETTE, "The Best Cowpunchers on the Planet," May 1996.
EUROPEAN CAR magazine, "The Agony of Victory," May 1996.
SPORTS CAR INTERNATIONAL magazine, "The Black Art," January, 1996.
SAIL magazine, "Voyage of Rediscovery," October, 1995.
FAST CARS AND SCIENCE, Teacher's Guide to accompany four video modules on science and automobile racing for high school classrooms, Project Director, May 1995.
PANORAMA magazine, "The Time Machine," January, 1995.
PANORAMA magazine, "At play in the Force Fields of the Lord," May, 1994.
THE NOREASTER, CHALLENGE, METRO POST, DIE WEINTRAUBE, numerous articles and book reviews concerning racing for Porsche Club of America newsletters, 1993-1994.
SEA HISTORY magazine, the National Maritime Historical Society, "The Navigators, Filming The Story of the Polynesian Conquest of the Pacific," fall, 1983.
THE NAVIGATORS - Pathfinders of the Pacific - Teachers Guide to accompany film The Navigators - managing editor and publisher, 1983.
ODYSSEY Magazine, a teacher's guide to accompany the Odyssey series, Consulting Editor, published by Public Broadcasting Associates, 1980.
SEA HISTORY magazine, the National Maritime Historical Society, "The First and Last Voyage of the Saint Mary," fall, 1977 and spring 1978, 2 part article.
FILM LIBRARY QUARTERLY, "University Press for the Visual Media," Film Library Information Council, Vol. 12, Number 1, pp. 26-28, spring 1979.
NEWSLETTER - Society for the Anthropology of Visual Communications, 1978, miscellaneous articles concerning anthropology and film.
"House Space and Ladder Climbing," paper presented at the 74th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, December 3, 1975.
Ph.D. Dissertation - "The Social and Spatial Order of a Peruvian Barriada," Harvard University, 1974.
"The privatization of Streets in St. Louis: its effect on crime and community stability," contributing author and anthropologist consultant for this National Science Foundation Study of St. Louis residential areas, 1973.
PERUVIAN TIMES magazine, Lima, "The Festival of the Apostle in Santiago de Chuco," September 22, 1972.
SAIL INDUSTRY magazine, November, 1969, article on the vagaries of consumer behavior in the sailboat industry.
VINEYARD GAZETTE, 1960-1964, Harthaven Correspondent, miscellaneous feature articles, printer's devil, proofreader, general "backroom" assistant.
Miscellaneous Newspapers - The Wiscasset Paper, Gulf of Maine Times, Lincoln County Journal, Boothbay Gazette, Boothbay Register, Lincoln County Weekly.

Photographs Published
Saturday Review, Sea History, Soundings, Wooden Boat, Sailing, Sail, Martha's Vineyard Magazine, Aloha, Hana Hou, The Boston Globe, Peruvian Times, The Vineyard Gazette, European Car, Sports Car International, Porsche Panorama, Excellence, Louie, Orion.



Chinese Painting - Maine College of Art - May 9, 2009.

Drawing II - Farnsworth Art Museum - March 23 - April 27, 2009.

Workshop with Eric Hopkins - Farnsworth Art Museum - winter 2009

Offshore Sailing School - August, 2006 - certified captain, bareboat charter.

Press materials - fine arts

Recent Articles Featuring Sam



Sam at a marae (temple) in Huahine, Society Islands, during filming of The Navigators. Sketch by cameraman Peter Hoving


Sam on Satawal - 2007 - after a hard voyage

Monte Costa photo




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