Ponape, Marshall Islands

Formerly under the imperialistic rule of Spain, Germany, Japan and the United States of America, the people of this lush, rugged volcanic island experience an ongoing struggle over assuming a traditional or influenced identity. Currently headed by chiefs, this agrarian society depends primarliy on its fishing, pepper, and handcraft industries as its means for survival. Rich with a fascinating culture entrenched in natural beauty, Ponape opens a door to both a simpler, and yet a more intricate, way of life.

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