Project Palau- Week 3

In week 3 I thought it appropriate to mention a little something about legends of Palau. Palau, like the rest of the islands throughout the Pacific, is an oral society and stories have been passed down from generation to generation. Below is the legend on how Palau was formed:

Before there were people and land, there were only Palauan gods and the sea. One day, Uchelianged, the supreme god of heaven, looked down upon his vast emptiness and said, “Let there arise a land.” A volcanic rock then rose from the sea and upon this barren land sat a giant clam. Soon its belly began to swell and tremble, and it grew larger and larger, as if ready to give birth. Uchelianged saw this and said, “Let there be a strong running sea.” So the wind began to blow and waves crashed around the clam, causing it to burst open. From it poured swarms of the first sea creatures to swim Palau. They in turn gave birth and the once empty seas were soon teaming with life, from the smallest seaworm to human forms. And with this one dramatic and spectacular beginning, Palau was born.

For more legends regarding Palau, please visit Palau: Paradise of the Pacific

And let’s not forget to help us preserve Palau’s cultural heritage. We need the help!


About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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