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In Moana, Maui the demigod and later a few Motunui sailor are shown tying this knot.

Wayfinders tie knots in Moana

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This knot is called Bowline Knot.

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Bowline is an ancient and simple knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie; most notably, it is easy to untie after being subjected to a load.

The bowline is commonly used in sailing small craft, for example to fasten a halyard to the head of a sail or to tie a jib sheet to a clew of a jib.

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    As someone who knows how to tie this knot (it's actually fairly simple), looking at the image in the question, it looks like that is what they are beginning to tie. – Timothy G. May 30 '17 at 12:54
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    The bowline makes actually quite a lot of sense in this context, because it's one of the first knots a newbie sailor usually has to learn and for most people it is a considerable difficulty leap from those you learn before (figure-eight, reef-knot, clove hitch). – Philipp May 30 '17 at 13:12

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