14 March, 2018, 12:00 am
THE CNMI’s Department of Community and Cultural Affairs has launched its own traditional canoe program but says it’s not competing with a private sector-driven programmer to build 500 traditional canoes by 2030.
The Department Secretary, Robert Hunter, said the Seafaring Traditions Program wanted to perpetuate the Chamorro and Carolinian traditional skills of open-ocean seafaring, canoe building, and celestial navigation.
He added that the new program aims to work in unison with the 500 sails organisation to make sure this important aspect of the CNMI’s culture continues.
The Seafaring Traditions Program is focused on ensuring traditional skills are not lost.