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  • Pacific Island Times Staff

Traditional canoe builder Nash Camacho dies

It will not be hard for those who want to recall the work and passion of Nash Camacho--assuming they are on Guam. He recently completed and installed a traditional sakman canoe at the Guam museum. As one of his mourners pointed out, "it is the centerpiece of the museum, which is devoted to the journey of Chamorro people. It [is] elevated above the exhibit - a literal 'flying proa.'”

Lyn Henley further said, "Continuation of seafaring traditions was so important to him, it seems that losing him is a reminder of how important it is to pass on knowledge to the next generations, and to celebrate the young ones who accept the challenge."

Yap State Historic Preservation Officer Francis L. Reg wrote to Henley:

"Thank you for sharing this sad news on a tremendous loss to the people of the Micronesian region, our Chomorro [sic] brothers and sisters, especially the younger generations, who are ready to gain from his knowledge and skills but unfortunately and, of course, to his loved ones including family members, relatives and friends. On behalf of those of us here in Yap State, FSM who were blessed to have worked, socialized and became his friends, we extend our sincere sympathy and sadness to our collective loss. May his loved ones live on in his memory and may we all continue to lend support to his dear cause."



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