FSM Navigator Project

April 26, 2016 – FSM Vice President Yosiwo George meets with Waa’gey team, and wishes them well on their voyage to Guam in May.

The voyaging canoe is coming along!






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Yap Canoe House, January 2016. Keel of voyaging canoe that will be sailed to Guam in May is being carefully shaped with hand-tools.

This website is all about the building of a voyaging canoe on Yap and sailing it to Guam as part of the Festival of the Pacific Arts in May, 2016.

Waa’gey, a Yap-based community organization that uses traditional skills to confront the social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by the people of the Federated States of Micronesia, is building the canoe.

The canoe builders are also engaging civil society on the subject of climate change and sea level rise, and how it will impact island life throughout the Federated States of Micronesia.

A documentary film will be made of the canoe building efforts and the voyage to Guam.

This website will be updated regularly, and contains photos and short snippets of the filming in progress, featuring island life and the canoe building process.

Enjoy.  And leave a comment if you like …



The blade of the hand-tool, sharpened to a razor’s edge, is made from old shock absorbers of cars that have been abandoned on the island.



In preparation for a workshop on climate change and traditional navigation and canoe building techniques, students of Yap Catholic High School prepared questions ahead of time to ask Larry and members of the Waa’gey canoe house.

Sample of the questions:

  • What would happen to traditional navigation if sea levels continue to rise? Would it be the end of traditional navigation, as we know it?
  • How will climate change affect Micronesian cultures?
  • How will islanders respond to climate change?
  • What happens if the outer islands sink and Yap cannot give the outer islanders a home here in Yap? Where will the outer islanders live? What will happen to their future?

Watch video of workshop!

The fresh caught fish are prepared and then thrown on the grill.




Federated States of Micronesia: Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap


Sponsored by the Institute For Governance and Sustainable Development and supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.


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President of Micronesia, Peter Christian, blogs on Huffington Post about climate change and the impact of sea level rise.

Read Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/president-peter-christian/at-the-mercy-of-mother-nature-and-of-policies-of-larger-nations_b_8168192.html

Peter Christian
Peter Christian