On June 7, 2021, all who call the Marianas home woke up to sad news from Saipan. The Guma Higao was damaged in a fire and the 35-foot canoe within it was destroyed. We of the Piailug Seafaring Academy on Guam are deeply affected by this loss. We slept by this canoe and under this guma and can still remember the smell of the wood. With both an indomitable and yet humble spirit Palu Tony Piailug and Juan ‘Mamis’ Castro immediately decided to rebuild for the Festpac 2024 voyage.
Our ancestors have always believed that a canoe is truly a family member within our traditional oceanic beliefs. A canoe provides villages with food, with purpose, and is a way of life. A canoe is not truly owned by one person or family, but rather the community that helps create it and whose lives are supported by it.
The apprentices of the Piailug Seafaring Academy stand ready to assist Palu Tony and Juan in the carving of this new canoe, but we need your help. Please consider donating to support our cause.
All donations will go directly towards much needed supplies and getting apprentices to Guma Higao to assist in carving the canoe.
We appreciate your love and support with not just our movement but the movement of our peoples in perpetuating our culture. TOGETHER, WE CAN DO THIS!
Please contact PJ San Nicolas at 480-6775, at [email protected], or on Instagram