Mau Piailug Performs Pwo Ceremony Chant on Pollap

Copyright © 2000 Eric Metzgar

        Grandmaster navigator Mau Piailug performs the pigikoal "tapping of the breadfruit" chant at a Pwo ceremony which was conducted on Pollap (Pulap) in July 2000.   Master navigator Lambert Lokopwe (seated to the left) invited Piailug to come from Satawal to assist him with the initiation and education of six navigators .  The chant is done to sanctify the bowl of food before distribution to the initates and assembled navigators. For images of a Pwo ceremony on Lamotrek in May 1990 click here.  For a film about the Pwo ceremony performed on Lamotrek see Spirits of the Voyage.
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