This is a free event at Palace Theatre
This Award winning film by anthropologist/filmmaker Sam Low explores ancient navigational heritage in the tiny coral atoll of Satawal in Micronesia’s remote Caroline Islands. In addition to interviews with the late Pius “Mau” Piailug in Satawal, The Navigators discusses archaeology and the accounts of explorers to examine the history of navigation and how traditional Pacific societies sustain this valuable cultural system.
The Navigators reveals the subtleties of this sea science, transmitted in part through a ceremony known as “unfolding the mat,” in which 32 lumps of coral are arranged in a circle to represent the points of the “star compass.” To master the lore of navigation was to attain great status in traditional Micronesian society. Today, few men remain with Mau’s skills, knowledge, or aspirations.
The event schedule is as follows:
Screening of The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific at 5:30 p.m., followed by remarks by Sam Low, Mayor Billy Kenoi and the voyaging leadership panel discussion at 6:45 p.m. Program concludes at 8:15 p.m.
The evening’s program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. PVS will be accepting donations in support of the Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines.