The memories which the landscape created for the Retreat can trigger in individuals will be highly varied. In all, a feeling of togetherness with one’s peers and with the island society was produced by the connecting pathways (see Figure 2.6). The young people were shown that the unknown, scenically represented in the landscape can be purposefully crossed and that the future of the youth is to be actively planned. The spheres of men and women remain separate but, for the formation of a community, both sides are equally important. On the basis of their matrilineal connection to Lamotrek and their associated roots inscribed in the land, the young adults can realise many contacts to people from other islands and other places. The Christian belief should provide a means with which to feel that they belong and to show solidarity with other people.
KeywordsYoung People Male Dominance Church Member Retreat Activity Public Holiday
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