Okeanos Marshall Islands sail

  • Keown, M. (Participant)
  • Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Artist)

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Michelle Keown participated on a canoe sailing trip in the Marshall Islands, which covered the Enewetak and Bikini atolls and brought school supplies and a day of literary workshops to one of RMI’s most remote and vulnerable outer island communities still facing the impacts of US nuclear testing from the cold war era.

As part of the journey, poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner recorded her poem 'Anointed' on Runit dome, a nuclear waste storage site. An international team of educational partners joined Kathy and Dr. Keown aboard the sail to Enewetak for the fifth and final workshop of the MAP project at Enewetak Public Elementary School. Members included photojournalist and Hokulea crew member Dan Lin of Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), Aileen Sefeti of USP, along with Okeanos Foundation for the Sea’s director Dena Seidel and filmmaker Steve Holloway, who both documented the nearly 1,200 mile journey for their educational documentary on traditional Pacific voyaging, The Starchasers.
Period10 Feb 201825 Feb 2018
Degree of RecognitionNational