Sonsorol State Men’s Association successfully revived its traditional canoe carving practice with the launching of a canoe carved during the revival of the traditional practice.
Sonsorolese meaning~ the cultivation of traditional knowledge and practices in each individual in his/her particular culture and community for the successful perpetuity of that civilization.
With the Bureau of Historical and Cultural Preservation Office, the “Thafaas” have succeeded in raising awareness of the traditional canoe carving practices of Sonsorol State by documenting a 3-5 month project, “Reviving Traditional Canoe Building Practices of Sonsorol”.
The Men’s Association members worked closely with the Sonsorol Women’s Association and the Sonsorol Youth Organization to educate and prepare for the launching ceremony. The carving started in July until the end of August 2021.
Master Carver Nick Halishluw was up early each day to carve. His hard work paid off as the canoe was finally completed and launched at sea on Friday, September 24, 2021.
The project was made possible through generous funding from the US National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The goal of the project is to document the processes and tools involved in building a canoe. (Contributed)