The Story Tellers Workshop on Nan Madol
The Story Tellers Workshop on Nan Madol will take place in Pohnpei from 18 to 22 July 2016. The Workshop will bring together some 20 students from Pohnpei. The students will be using their digital media tools to record sights, sounds, and stories about Nan Madol.
Built on a series of 99 artificial islets off the shore of Pohnpei island in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the remains of stone palaces, temples, mortuaries and residential domains known as Nan Madol represent the ceremonial centre of the Saudeleur Dynasty (around 1100 – 1600). Several studies were carried out during the 1970s and following years, including mapping and excavations. Further studies and the collection of oral traditions on Nan Madol were also carried out. The site is now protected under the Pohnpei Historic and Cultural Preservation Act 2002. A nomination file on Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia for inscription on the World Heritage List was submitted to UNESCO in January 2015.
There is a great deal of information on the results of archaeological and historical studies on Nan Madol for the younger generations to learn. They can also conduct their own research not only to have a better understanding of the sites but also to contribute to the ongoing research and monitoring of their conservation status. This Workshop aims to provide them with training opportunities in digital media for heritage documentation by using Nan Madol, the treasure of FSM. The ultimate goal of the Workshop is to get young people’s voices heard and valued in the ongoing and future activities for the safeguarding of Nan Madol.
The Workshop will be held within the framework of the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative launched by Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), in cooperation with FSM Government, with the assistance of Pasifika Renaissance and UNESCO in Apia.