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Keep the Canoe Building Tradition of Sonsorol Alive

Organized by: John Carnwath

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Introducing Thafaas as the new owner of the project
November 30, 2016

Dear supporters, My sincere apologies for the long silence. Since my last update, I've been able to visit Palau and discuss the canoe building See More

THE STORY:

For thousands of years outrigger sailing canoes have played a central part in the lives and cultures of Pacific Islanders. Each archipelago in the Pacific has its own canoe designs that have been adapted to the local needs and conditions over centuries. The knowledge of the technologies and construction techniques is passed down from one generation of master canoe carvers to the next.

There is currently only one master canoe carver from the Island of Sonsorol who knows how to build traditional sailing canoes—Samuel Bemar. In the summer of 2016 we will bring Samuel to Echang (a small town on the outskirts of Koror, the commercial center of Palau), where he will build the first new Sonsorolese sailing canoe in over 15 years.

Most people from Sonsorol and the other Southwest Islands now live in or near Echang, and many have never had an opportunity to see a sailing canoe being built or learn any of the skills that are required to build one. Samuel's work will allow Sonsorolese boys and girls to observe and participate in the construction process from beginning to end, and gain a better understanding of this important part of their cultural heritage.

The process will be documented on video for the benefit of future generations, and once the canoe is finished it will be given to the Youth Association of Sonsorol State, so that youths can use it to learn how to sail.

Please watch our video to learn more about our project and the significance of canoe building in the island cultures of the Pacific (click on the image on the left).
 

Fundraising Goal: $5,000 by April 30, 2016!


Rewards
All donors who contribute $15 or more will receive a thank you email including an image of the completed canoe once it is finished. (Must provide email address with donation).

Donors who contribute $50 or more will receive the thank you email described above, as well as periodic email updates including photographs of the construction process. (Must provide email address with donation).

In addition to the above, the names of all donors who contribute $100 or more will be listed on a plaque in the canoe house where the boat is stored (unless anonymity is requested).

Donors who contribute $500 or more will receive all of the above, will be acknowledged as major supporters on the plaque in the canoe house, and will receive a personal thank you letter along with a printed photograph of the completed canoe. (Must provide mailing address with donation).
 

How to donate
To make a donation using a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express) click on the orange “Donate to this fundraiser” button on the right. (There is a 3% processing fee on credit card transactions.)

 Alternatively, you can make a check out to our treasurer, John Carnwath, and send it to

John Carnwath
1328 Fernside Blvd.
Alameda, CA 94501
USA

There is no processing fee for checks.

Any funds received in access of the $5,000 fundraising goal will be put towards future projects. Our next project will be building a traditional Sonsorolese palm frond house and documenting the construction process. 


Project Team
Master Canoe Carver: Samuel Bemar
Project Director: Lee Pedro
Fundraiser and Treasurer: John Carnwath
Documentation: Laura I. Miles


Duration
Start date: May 28, 2016 (Samuel arrives in Echang)
End date: August 31, 2016


Budget
Personnel
$2,500*    Master Canoe Carver (Samuel Bemar)
$0              Canoe carving assistant(s) (volunteers: Lee Pedro /Nick Halishluw)
$0              Helpers (Youth of Sonsorol State and other volunteers)

Materials
$1,000       Sail
$250          Ropes
$0              Wood (will be cut locally and/or brought from Sonsorol)
$500          Miscellaneous materials (incl. paint, varnish, paint brushes, etc.)

Other
$500          Food and beverages for volunteers at “Glani Hiyao” (the day on which the whole community gathers to assemble the canoe and outrigger)
$250          Video documentation

* This is primarily intended the offset Samuel's travel expenses and the increased costs of living that he will face in Echang.

 

 

 

$2,800

 

56% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • John Carnwath

    $100

  • Shelley Collins

    $100

  • Yolynne

    $100

  • Alice Caspari

    $100

  • Alonze

    $100

  • Ken

    $50

  • Sara + Tobias Leichsenring

    $50

  • Peter and Barbara Black

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Mahoraitei Pedro

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Joe Carnwath

    $1,000

  • Craig Himmelwright

    $100

  • David A Anderson

     

  • Malcolm "Max" Witter

    $100

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Donor Comments

Malcolm

Malcolm "Max" Witter

DONATION: $100

To the Carnwaths, one & all 2 years ago

David A Anderson

David A Anderson

to all the master canoe builders 2 years ago

Craig Himmelwright

Craig Himmelwright

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Joe Carnwath

Joe Carnwath

DONATION: $1,000

In memory of Bemar Pacifico, Joe Nestor, and Ben Pedro 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Mahoraitei Pedro

Mahoraitei Pedro

DONATION: $100

Continue the Bwemar Taari Tradition 2 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Peter and Barbara Black

Peter and Barbara Black

DONATION: $250

Chief Marino Siokuchi Fitihiang of Hatohobei 2 years ago

Sara + Tobias Leichsenring

Sara + Tobias Leichsenring

DONATION: $50

Cooles Projekt, John! 2 years ago

Ken

Ken

DONATION: $50

This interests me because of my ties with Fais (1967-70) and Satawal (1976). Wish I could give more, but I'm retired, so.... Maybe more later. 2 years ago

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