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Free workshops for children at traditional canoe house

A RIBBON-CUTTING and dedication ceremony for the traditional canoe house at the Civic Center in Susupe  will be held on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., Arts Council executive director Parker Yobei said.

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The traditional canoe house at the Civic Center in Susupe will host workshops for children on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Flame Tree Arts Festival.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The canoe house is part of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs’ seafaring traditions program and will serve as a classroom for children interested in traditional canoes.

“We see a lot of interest from the students,” Yobei said, adding that during the Flame Tree Arts Festival, which also starts on Thursday, children will learn how traditional canoes are built.

The children will also help complete the construction of the canoe house’s roof which is made of bamboo and coconut leaves.

Free workshops  at the canoe house will be conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Master navigator Tony Paialug and seafaring program coordinator John Castro will conduct the workshops.

After the festival, Yobei said they will pursue a partnership with the Public School System to create a summer or after-school program for children. “We want to build on their knowledge and increase their interest until they are old enough to build a canoe,” Yobei said.