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Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community

Talk/Lecture
Orchard Trail
FREE
No Registration Required

Join us as we share and celebrate the traditions of Marshallese culture in Northwest Arkansas!

We invite you to gather among artisans and elders from the Marshallese community as we host the construction of a kōrkōr, a traditional Marshallese wooden outrigger canoe. Master boat-builder Liton Beasa and with his team of youth apprentices will be on-site at Crystal Bridges from mid-October to mid-November for the building of the canoe. Guests are encouraged to visit and view the carving process throughout the month as Liton and his team transform a tree from the museum grounds into a magnificent water-ready vessel. Each Friday, the canoe carvers will be available to discuss the process and answer questions from 4 to 5 p.m.

Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community

The project will open and close with ceremonies conducted by leaders from the local community, and will include Marshallese dance and musical performances, food vendors, and more.

Free, no registration required.

Per the CDC’s updated guidelines, we are now requiring all guests ages 2 and up and staff to wear a face covering indoors and while attending outdoor programs, except while eating or drinking. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one.

Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community is a part of the Arts and Social Impact Accelerator Program (ASAP) at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. ASAP partners with local artists and communities to create arts-based solutions to address social issues in Northwest Arkansas.

Presented in partnership with the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM), master carver Liton Beasa, and artist Kholoud Sawaf. Learn more about our partners.