Navigating Our Changing Oceans: Screening of "Te Mana O Te Moana" to benefit the Micronesian Voyaging Society
"Te Mana O Te Moana" (Spirit of the Sea) chronicles the voyage of 100 Pacific islanders over 1000s of miles of ocean in seven traditional sailing canoes as they fight for the future of the Pacific ocean. As they sail from New Zealand to Tahiti, USA, Galapagos and on to the Solomon Islands they reclaim their heritage as the finest sailors, celestial navigators and stewards of the Pacific. Proceeds from this screening will support the Micronesian Voyaging Society as they prepare to set sail for the Pacific Arts Festival in March.
In March 2013, the voyaging canoe, Alingano Maisu, set out from Palau, Micronesia on a teaching voyage to the outer islands of Yap. At the helm was Sesario Sewralur, master navigator and founder of the Micronesian Voyaging Society. Without a map or compass, Sesario teaches students to use the rising and setting stars, cloud and wave patterns and the paths of migrating birds to find their way.
Two weeks into the 2013 voyage, our crew ran into rough weather and the canoe sprang a leak. Within minutes our kitchen washed away, our radio was destroyed, and half of the canoe was underwater. Eventually we were rescued by a Korean Cargo Ship and returned to Palau by the U.S. Coastguard. Miraculously, a recovery team led by Sesario was able to locate the canoe and tow it back to Palau for repairs.
In March of 2016 a crew of navigators are setting out again, this time to the Pacific Arts Festival in Guam where we will join a fleet of canoes travelling from all over the Pacific. We've worked hard to prepare for our trip, but with a month to go we've still got to make some final repairs and purchase safety equipment. Our friends at the Pacific Voyagers' Society have given us the rights to screen "Te Mana O Te Moana" for free. Proceeds will help us buy a VHF radio and safety equipment for our upcoming voyage.
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