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Wa Kuk Wa Jimor / Canoe of One Community

Contemporary Art Gallery
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Canoe-building is a sacred tradition in Marshallese culture. When a canoe is carved, the whole community participates. The canoe serves the entire village, yet the carving is a special skill granted to a specific family that maintains the tradition.

In 2021, Marshall Islander and master boat-builder Liton Beasa and his team of apprentices constructed a kōrkōr, a traditional Marshallese wooden canoe used to navigate the lagoons and waters of the Marshall Islands, on-site at Crystal Bridges. Whether in search of food or to make war, navigating the waters has been essential to the Marshallese people’s survival.

The Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM) continue to navigate metaphorical waters in the United States.

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.