Satawal Project

Satawal (pop. 800) is a Micronesian language, part of the Carolinian language continuum, under influence of neighboring languages both east and west but nonetheless strong. The Satawalese are famous for their exceptional navigation skills. Local customs, as on all the outlying islands in Yap and Chuuk states, are still very strong.

Bible Translation into the Satawal language

In August 2010 translation advisor Cameron Fruit was approached by representatives of the Satawalese community on Yap where he was working with the Woleai translation team. They said they find the Chuukese Bible hard to understand and would like to translate the Bible into their own language. A beginning has been made of adapting the Saipan Carolinian translation into Satawalese, using the computer program AdaptIt. This will greatly speed up the process of making the initial draft, and will ensure that the various translations produced in the Carolinian languages will be of a similar style. This adapting process will mostly be done on Yap where there is a large Satawalese community. Reviewing will be done on Yap as well as on Satawal.


The Satawal translation team. Left to right, front: Dorothy Nemwarhmwar, Cecilia Lerageyait, Manuelina Ligiteiwel. Back: Sabino Sauchimal, Fr Kenneth Urumolug, Richard Ligiteiwel.

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[Ethnologue entry for Satawal]