Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Author and cultural preservationist Lino Olopai meets MIC members in Saipan
During the MIC retreat, author, story-teller, cultural preservationist and MINA Board member, Lino Olopai showed a brief segment of a documentary film called, “Spirit of Voyage”, which highlighted the Pu’o Ceremony, the right of passage to become a traditional canoe voyager in the island of Satawal (between the FSM islands of Yap and Chuuk.) Olopai, a member of the Carolinian community of Saipan, also answered many questions and talked about his recently published book, “The Rope of Tradition”. The engaging, charismatic, and calm Olopai also took the time to sit down for a brief interview with Equator Magazine, a publication focusing on the unique environments and cultures of Micronesia, to appear within the premier issue before the end of the year.