Location: Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia Length: 9 min
Pohnpei is the largest island of the Federated States of Micronesia, about midway between Honolulu and Manila. The technical knowledge of how to build a traditional “warasap” canoe nearly died out in Pohnpei before a project in the 1990s to build a new one preserved an important cultural heritage. Project organizers built that canoe, the last one ever built, and shot a video about it. But what has become of the canoe is the most surprising part of the story. Maybe some day the warasap canoe will have a fine home where people can come and see it.
Produced in 2012 by Adam Thompson
Copyright 2012 by Adam Thompson
Canoe Building (Guampedia)
Traditional Culture (Federated States of Micronesia Visitors Board)