Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Stick Chart of the Marshall Islands

It's ironic that the last project
for repair in the Mendery is
a Stick Chart of the Marshall Islands.
"The charts of the Marshall Island
navigators are made, generally, of
narrow strips of the center ribs
of palm leaves lashed together
with cord made from locally grown
This is for my friend Eric,
supervisor of the Mendery
a true craftsman who was
the shepherd of Wilson Library's
collection for many years.
From him I learned invaluable skills
for repairing books and also making
books. Many thanks from me and
the still living soul of this library.
"The stick charts illustrate spatial phenomena
of infinite importance to the native
inter-island navigator, but of little
significance to most other people."

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