Souvenirs from Micronesia
Souvenirs from Micronesia are a delight to the eyes and spirit of visitors, created from natural elements and traditional craftsmanship. One of the more distinctive items is a navigational stick chart. Originally used as a means of cartography, woven mats are covered with sea shells to indicate islands and curved sticks to show currents and tides. A carved wooden monkeyman statue, used in religious and funerary rites, can be an interesting decorative element, or perhaps a replica canoe, carved from breadfruit trees. Other Micronesian souvenirs include fun postcards, rubber key chains, imprinted refrigerator magnets, and T-shirts. Woven baskets, made from coconut frond ribs and pandamus leaves, come in an assortment of styles and sizes, and can be used both in the home and office, to hold trinkets, laundry and baked goods. Perhaps one of the most beautiful pieces of memorabilia you can choose is a shell necklace set, with matching earrings.
The Micro Games
Every four years, the Micro Games are held in the Micronesian Islands, celebrating modern sports and traditional activities. This event was first celebrated in 1969, and was restarted in 1990. The Marshall Islands, Guam, Kiribati, the Northern Mariana Islands, Nauru, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, made of Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae and Pohnpei, all participate in the games, vying for top honors in the categories. Traditional activities include spearfishing, coconut tree climbing, ya's canoe and coconut husking, all designed to showcase the region's history. More modern sport competitions are wrestling, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, baseball, golf, fast and slow pitch softball, beach volleyball, basketball and triathlon. The last Micro Games took place in 2010 in the town of Koror, Palau, and the next set will occur in 2014. These events bring great crowds to the countries that hold them, and provide a great monetary boost to the local economies.