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Micronesia 2017




Adorned with plumeria and hibiscus flowers, villagers on the isolated Afalik Atoll gather to dance traditional “stick dances” that are an important part of storytelling in this part of the world. Men click polished sticks together in a rhythmic beat as tales of past and present unfold in song. Stories of long voyages are celebrated through these stick dances, and tales of sailing large outrigger canoes by “wayfinding”—star navigation—are passed on in song.
– Charles Eilers ©2014 | PCV Nigeria and Ethiopia 1966–1969 | Teaching Training

Federated States of Micronesia
Island group In North Pacific

Area 702 km²

Population 105K (150/km²)

Gov’t Constitutional Government in free association with U.S.

Capital Palikir (7K)

GCP/capita $3,000

Unemployment 16%

In poverty 27%

Life expectancy 73 yrs

Infact Mortality 21/K live births


Literacy 89%

Languages English, Chuukese, Kosraean, other

Religions Catholic 55%, Protestant 41%, Mormon 2%

Labor Force Agriculture 1%, industry 5%, services 94%

PCVs 1966–present CURRENT: 51, Education; TTD: 4,340