from unincorporated territory [saina] background information

I am visiting a class at UC Berkeley that is reading my second book, so this post contains some background information on the major symbol in my second book, the Sakman (large outrigger canoe) named SAINA.

“These Indians are no ways defective in understanding, for their flying proas in particular, which during ages past have been the only vessels employed by them, are so singular and extraordinary an invention that it would do honour to any nation, however dextrous and acute, since, if we consider the aptitude of this proa to the navigation of these islands, which lying all of them nearly under the same meridian, and with the limits of the trade wind, require the vessels made use of in passing from one to the other to be particularly fitted for sailing with the wind upon the beam; or if we examine the uncommon simplicity and ingenuity of its fabric and contrivance, or the extraordinary velocity with which it moves, we shall in each of these articles, find it worthy of our admiration, and deserving a place amongst the mechanical productions of the most civilised nations where arts and sciences have most eminently flourished…”

– From Lord Anson’s voyage around the world – October 1742

Traditions About Seafaring Island Website

Sakman Chamorro Website

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