Another milestone has been marked in the revitalization of Guam’s ancient seafaring traditions after the second successful open sea voyage between Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands launched Sunday morning.
Traditions Affirming Our Seafaring Ancestry embarked on its second voyage to Rota and Saipan at approximately 11 a.m. Sunday from the Hagåtña Boat Basin. The vessel is expected to reach Rota early Monday morning.
“This voyage is part of an ongoing effort to reconnect Micronesia through the revitalization of our seafaring traditions and building partnerships for a united representation of Micronesia Seafaring at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts in Hawaii in 2020,” said Sandra Iseke Okada, president of TASA.
A crew of six cast off on the Fanhigåyan Guåhan, an open-sea class Marianas flying proa, or sakman, led by Palu (master navigator) Ali Haleyur of Lamotrek. Lamotrek is a coral atoll of three islands in the district of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia.
The sakman is the largest of the CHamoru seafaring vessels that landed upon Guam’s shores more than 3,500 years ago, according to TASA.
The crew is Okada from Guam, Jesse Pekalmai and Johannes Hashigluo from Lamotrek, Ben “Guelu” Rosario from Rota, and Vicente Borja from Saipan.
The historic voyage was made possible with the support of Palu Larry Raigetal and Waa’gey from Lamotrek, students from the University of Guam Sea Grant program, Saipan’s SV Remedy, Manny Duenas from the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association, the Guam Legislature, Guam Visitors Bureau, Fokai Industries, Guam Plaza Resort & Spa, Guam Home Center, fellow tåtasi (seafarers) and TASA members.
TASA is a nonprofit organization founded on March 31, 2010. Its mission is “to celebrate and strengthen CHamoru identity through the revival and practice of her seafaring traditions.”
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