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U.S. Navy Helps To Haul Wood For Traditional Canoe In FSM
Seabees’ efforts praised in helping Waa’gey canoe project

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 29, 2012) – People involved in a canoe project in the Federated States of Micronesia say the help they received from the U.S. Navy’s Seabees will have a positive effect on their heritage.

The Seabees lent the Waa’gey canoe project equipment to take a huge log from the jungle to Yap’s capital, Colonia.

The log is to be carved into a hull of a sailing canoe by master carvers and youth volunteers.

Larry Raigetal of the Waa’gey organization says it will help keep the local tradition alive: "What that means to our community...core skills transferred to the younger generation. We’re also quite interested in retaining traditional heritage of the past, especially canoe carving."

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