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Giff Johnson on Nuclear Testing

Giff Johnson on Nuclear Testing

Marshall Islands Nuclear Tests and Fallout from Regis Tremblay on Vimeo. The Marshallese people are victims of the nuclear age and they are now victims of global warming and sea level rise. By REGIS TREMBLAY America tested 67 hydrogen bombs in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958 without properly caring for the people and Read More

 
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Alele Museum and Library

Alele Museum and Library

The Alele Museum, Library, and Archives in Uliga, next to the RMI Court House, is definitely worth a visit. The entity languished for many years, but thanks to a big effort by a number of caring individuals, it was reopened in September, 2013 after extensive renovations. Upstairs is the library, which features a colorful children’s Read More

 
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Mini English-Marshallese Dictionary

Mini English-Marshallese Dictionary

Featuring Karen's island alphabet series!

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart. ‒Nelson Mandela Ability Maron Able Maron About Tarin Above Ilon Absent Jako Absurd Bwebwe Accept Boke Accurate Ejjit Accuse Kinaklok Ache Metak Admire Nebar Adrift Read More

 
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The Lost Art of Finding Our Way

The Lost Art of Finding Our Way

A Harvard science professor wants to further document traditional Marshallese navigation methods to help boost the islands’ indigenous culture. Marshall Islands wave piloting is one of the navigation techniques featured in Professor John Huth’s book ‘The Lost Art of Finding Our Way’. Professor Huth told Radio New Zealand in March, 2017, that his research found its use of Read More

 
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Muslims in the Marshalls

Muslims in the Marshalls

How Islam Is Gaining A Foothold In Micronesia A mosque and a Muslim congregation are flourishing in the Marshall Islands by demonstrating Islam is a force for good in the community. Joyia sees his community playing a healing role where Marshallese society is out of balance: drug and alcohol abuse, a breakdown in marriage and families, Read More

 
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Riwut Racing

Riwut Racing

Riwut canoes are miniature canoes that zip along at high speeds. Riwut racing seems to have phases of popularity, but in recent years, if you go to the Marshall Islands Club (on the back road in Uliga) in the early evening, you will often see dozens of the miniature canoes being raced along the oceanside reef. The Read More

 
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Canoe trip ‘out of this world’

Canoe trip ‘out of this world’

Jacque Spence, Executive Vice President of the Canvasback Medical Missions, and her team recently went sailing on a couple of traditional Marshallese canoes. Her verdict? “Sailing on a Marshallese canoe is out of this world!  Marshallese were master canoe builders, indigenous navigators and amazing sailors.  It is so great that they are making efforts to Read More

 
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WAM Open Day

WAM Open Day

WAM Director Alson Kelen explained to the audience why the program always includes women: We went to the Council of Chiefs and they did not need to stop and think about it, because they understood that everyone in the community has a task to do when making and sailing a canoe. It doesn’t matter if Read More

 
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Virtual Museum of Clothing Mats

Virtual Museum of Clothing Mats

The revival program of jaki-ed (clothing mats) includes a virtual museum of the world’s collections of jaki-ed, many of which were collected from the turn of the century through to the 1920s. The museum was spear-headed by the University of the South Pacific’s Majuro campus Director Dr. Irene Taafaki. The museum was designed and created by Read More

 
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Dan Zak on the Nuclear Era

Dan Zak on the Nuclear Era

So we (the U.S.) tested 67 nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands from 1946-1958. If you take the explosive yield and spread it out evenly, the equivalent would be like setting off one and a half Hiroshima bombs every day for twelve years. In the above video, Washington Post reporter Dan Zak, who visited the Read More