Blending Scientific Knowledge with Ancient Traditions


Special Report – Koror, Palau, Micronesia (Oceania Television Network, July 08, 2011)

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Moving on with more news, the National Science Foundation sponsors a unique program that serves students at the American Samoa Community College, the College of Micronesia-FSM, the College of the Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas College, and Palau Community College. The program provides the colleges with $837,000 over three years with the goal of blending up-to-date scientific knowledge and ancient traditions that islanders have been practicing over thousands of years.

The program director, Professor Richmond stated that somebody could come in and tell the people of Yap that their kind of fishing technique is a waste of time, and they could use more efficient gear.  Well, that kind of gear might be really good for Lake Michigan, but what the people of Yap are doing is very appropriate and the only way to handle their fisheries. The program will build up the work force on the islands and fill many positions with local people who have acquired these new skills. The plan is to encourage them stay and bring their culture into the decision-making process.

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