– ART PRINT BY DAWN LEE REYES
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The painting Our Knowledge focuses on the navigational skills of the ancient Chamorro people. Ancient Chamorros, like other Micronesian islanders used an impressive array of skills to navigate their magnificent vessels. Most important was the use of the rising and setting stars to plot their course, but also vital were the abilities to discern differences in wave patterns, sea life, the color of the ocean and cloud formations. In the center of this painting, the proas are represented. Around that are samples of the leaves from the trees that were typically used to build the proa. And then you see the various wave patterns, the skies that would give clues to weather patterns and then the stars and aspects of the moon used for navigation