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FSM, Lamotrek: Interesting Information about the Island

By Desiré Welgemoed — last modified Apr 15, 2013 12:41 PM
Our thanks to Desiré Welgemoed for sending us a report about this remote island.

Published: 2013-04-15 12:41:20
Countries: Federated States of Micronesia

Lamotrek is a fine example of the Yapese islands and culture. The island in itself does not offer the rich WW2 history of Woleai although there are wrecks of two Jake seaplanes on the beach and a Zero fighter plane in the water.

The island has a primary school which seems well stocked with books and computers for all the teachers powered by a large solar bank. Children are sent to Woleai for secondary education. The school has cultural craft as a subject and the girls especially are eager to demonstrate their weaving talent. On average the people are quite used to westerners and have been the subject of some European sociology studies, but still maintain their own culture proudly. The people portray the generosity, tolerance and friendliness that seem ingrained in the Yapese culture.

The most interesting current event is the canoe building project on the island. A very large tree was gifted to the islanders in recognition of their assistance to a boat captain. The tree was felled and carved down by the outer islanders residing in Yap proper - a first. It was then transported to Lamotrek for communal construction overseen by Master Carver Xavier Yarofaliyango. This will be the largest canoe in Lamotrek Island and quite possible the largest canoe in the state of Yap. It belongs to the Lamotrek community and is expected to be finished this summer (2013).  Rumor has it that once complete, the canoe will be sailed to Guam and Saipan by Lamotrek navigators. More info on http://www.waagey.org/

Desiré Welgemoed

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