Tarita Holm discusses the different environmental and
usage zones that are found in Palau and in Airai State in particular,
with their names and uses.
Palauans divide the year into two seasons based on the changing
of the winds. These seasons are further connected with changes in the
tides, and with fruiting and spawning seasons upland and in the sea.
Palauans associate rain with different phenomena on the land and in
the sea, as well as with distinct seasons and their winds. Also discussed
are different names for different rains, and a distinct object associated
with rain that used to reside in Airai Village.
Uses and rituals regarding the forest are discussed here, from
agroforestry to spiritual aspects and protocols for using forest materials.
Hunting and gathering techniques, past and present, are also considered.
Our guides discuss the uses and protocols regarding water usage in Palau.
Kathy explains how drinking water was captured off
tree trunks, and Tarita considers the health of Airai's
Kathy explains the importance of the taro patch to
Palauan women, and the traditions and uses surrounding this form of