Yap Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Yap Traditional Navigation Society, is sponsoring the 8th annual Yap Canoe Festival scheduled for December 8 & 9, 2017. The two days of festivities will be held at the Yap Living History Museum. The festival will celebrate the region’s rich heritage of traditional seafaring, including a parade of traditional sailing canoes, traditional dances, traditional skills demonstrations and a market place offering food and handicrafts for sale.
Voyaging canoe rides will be offered on Friday December 8, and Friday evening will feature traditional dances and a 30-minute video by Eric Metzgar, A Voyaging Odyssey, showing highlights from the voyages captained by Ali Haleyalur and Bruno Tharngan in 2010 that “re-discovered” the traditional sea routes between Lamotrek, Guam, Yap and Palau.
On Saturday December 9, there will be a photographic exhibit of Yap’s seafaring history along with other exhibits, giving visitors an opportunity to taste the traditional offertory, voyaging, and celebratory foods connected with successful long sea voyages. Key note speakers on this day will include Dr. Eric Metzgar, Micronesian scholar and documentary filmmaker, along with Chief Bruno Tharngan, master canoe carver, and Ali Haleyalur, Pwo master navigator.
For additional information, please contact Tom Tamangmow at the Yap Visitors Bureau (`) (691) 350-2298
Source: Yap State Visitors Bureau and Tourism Resource : http://www.visityap.com/blog/2017-canoe-festival/