Jamaican on Pagan DAY 3: Meet the Pioneers

PAGAN IS NOT UNINHABITED. There are people on Pagan!

 

According to Wikipedia:

"Pagan is a volcanic island in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, belonging to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Formerly inhabited, the inhabitants were evacuated due to volcanic eruptions in 1981."
 

True, but what the current conventional wisdom doesn't tell you is that some people have moved back to the island! The resettlement has begun!

 

Pagan is not "uninhabited. There are people on Pagan.

 

There are people hunting, farming, making crafts, playing music, living and enjoying the life of their ancestors…There are people who have dreams of a life for their children and with plans to raise them close to the land and culture.

 

Pagan is not "uninhabited. There are people on Pagan.

I've been to the island. I've met those people….and now you will too:

 

Here is a brief interview I conducted with the 5 residents of Pagan explaining who they are and why they've chosen to start new lives on this remote island:

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Yes, there are people on Pagan. There are people hunting, farming, making crafts, playing music, living and enjoying the life of their ancestors, dreaming of a life for their children…and listening to Bob Marley on their ipods!

 

It's always been a cool thing–as a Jamaican nomad–to arrive in Hawaii, Saipan, Pohnpei, Guam and pretty much the world over to discover that Reggae music–Jamaica's signature gift to the world–is enjoyed by millions thousands of miles away from the little island on which it originated.  So, while it wasn't a surprise, it was still a pleasant reminder of that reality when I entered a home on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific, and was greeted by a huge painting of Bob Marley, Jamaica's prime musical ambassador. Yes, it seems another Jamaican has beaten me here to Pagan!

 
Jun (left) shows off his spondylus shells while Tyron tunes his guitar

 

Here's a video of the pioneers taking a musical interlude

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Tyron plays guitar, Jun (Daniel) provides backing vocals and JR (Herman) looks on while Bob Marley watches over a summer afternoon musical interlude on the island of Pagan. 
 

Yes, there are people on Pagan.

 

EDUCATIONAL INTERLUDE:

Pagan = 18.53 square miles in size
Manhattan = 33.77 square miles in size
Saipan= 44.55 square miles in size
 

 

What's it like to be the five people living on an island half the size of Manhattan? What do you do all day? Well, for one thing, you've got to eat. 

 

In this video, Jun (Daniel) demonstrates an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method for getting and preparing coconuts on the island of Pagan!

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Yes, there's a lot to do….


…enjoy the view..



enjoy the view some more

 



…ponder the insanity of civilization…"I want to live a natural life with no need for money."–JR



…Go hunting with the dogs



Relax in Paradise

 



Welcome visiting Jamaicans…

Chamorros, Champinos, Palauans and Jamaicans on Pagan

[Bob Marley painting by Analee Camacho Villagomez]



Enjoy the sunset on Pagan

 

 

And thus ends my third day on the island of Pagan!

 

Learn more about Chamorro people and culture at

http://www.chamorro.com

 

Learn about the threats to the pristine beauty and life on this island at http://www.savepaganisland.org

 

 

Support the alternative: sign up for a unique "Ecotourism Instead" adventure to Pagan at http://www.DiscoverPagan.com
 

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