From the outset, let me be frank that without external assistance this endeavor will not possibly move beyond this page and the words it contains. Your assistance is direly needed in order to move forward and achieve the ultimate goal, and I thank you so much in advance for your kindness and g... Read More
From the outset, let me be frank that without external assistance this endeavor will not possibly move beyond this page and the words it contains. Your assistance is direly needed in order to move forward and achieve the ultimate goal, and I thank you so much in advance for your kindness and generous contributions.
My goal here is to reach out into the various communities throughout the neighboring islands of the state of Yap to organize a community based organization to ponder and seek the best mitigating approaches to preserve our eroding culture. Areas that will be the primary focus of this undertaking will be in the area of traditional dances and traditional skills of canoe, home, and fishing nets and fishing gear making. Along with these would also be the women's traditional skills of lava-lava, sleeping mat and thatch roof weaving among others.
Although remote and seemingly isolated from the rest of the world the neighboring islands of the state of Yap are vulnerable and susceptible to the changes in the modern world. (Without a doubt, unless mitigating measures are in place, cultures in these islands may become extinct soon.) Today, children, and to some extend adults as well, nowadays would spend hours on their modern electronic gadgets instead of taking time to learn from the elders the traditional skills and practices that many of these communities rely upon for generations. Sadly, unlearned trades and traditional skills are dying with the passing of the elders.
Economically, these islands do not have any natural resources of value that could be the source of income and generate revenue; but with the natural beauty and tradition they stand to generate the resources that could be relied upon for generations to come.
The scope of this undertaking will be to first organize a study group that will explore the best practices to implement in both the communities and in schools. This group will also be tasked to work closely and collaborate with the state educational system to evaluate the ongoing cultural program to ensure that it is effective and provide the students with essential lessons that ought to be learned. Once that is achieved, and a timeline will be devised and in place to ensure a measure of success, selected members will be assigned to work in collaboration with each community. Additionally, there may be instances where relocation of participants (learners) will have to be made to ensure for a cross-cultural learning opportunities.
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Prior to winning the seat of the Lt Governor of the State of Yap in 2014 Mr Yangetmai served as a classroom teacher in the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System He also served as the chairman of the covenant party for election district prescient 3 in Garapan Saipan
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