|Elder Allred showing off a pwapwa|
Asking a Chuukese person to not eat turtle is like us asking an American to not ever eat fast food. Maybe it would be good if the Chuukese cut down on eating turtle and American's cut down on Fast Food consumption, but not eliminate it. It is important to understand and continue to study these different cultures and issues. The Chuukese culture is very respectful to the turtle and have many folk lore stories to tell.
To those that might be offended or upset about the killing and eating of Turtles. It really is a matter of perspective. We personally think the killing of a pig, chicken, cow and deer can be cruel or upsetting, but since we are used to that and grew up around that, it doesn't bother us too much. The picture to the right can be used as a decoration for the wall, a large bowl, it can be cut up to make jewelry that is very pretty. Some one offered us a turtle back as a gift and we had to tell them, no thank you, not because we didn't appreciate it but because it is illegal for us to bring it to the United States. It would never get through Customs.