The following documents were typed by Felisihna Spencer Samuel in the late 1970's as part of a Ponapean Cultural Preservation project undertaken by the Pohnpei Department of Education. Felisihna Spencer Samuel provided the documents that were scanned and posted below.
The two documents were to support a seventh and eighth grade local culture curriculum. The seventh grade document was scanned using optical character recognition software. Lacking a Pohnpeian dictionary for Omnipage 14 and unable to set no dictionary as an option, the scan was run against a non-Pohnpeian dictionary. No suggested changes were accepted, but the document likely suffers from spelling errors as well as some distortions of format.
The eighth grade document was in too poor a condition to OCR, hence that document is maintained as a series of image files. While this assures fidelity, the result is a cumbersome series of image files that could be edited or expanded upon at the time the file was scanned.
Seventh grade information in Microsoft Word 2003 (.doc)
Seventh grade information in OpenDocument Writer format (.ods)
Seventh grade information in HTML web page. Editing and clean-up remain to be done on this version.
Image files for eighth grade (twenty pages):
Page 005 includes a diagram of a nahs, the immediately following pages provide a key to that diagram. The diagram and key formed the basis for the diagram seen at sakau ceremony information.
Diagram of a nahs based on Hambruch 1936 by Rodrigo Mauricio
Ethnobotany • Lee Ling • COMFSM