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Andrea Nicole Grajek
Guaiyayon na Trongkon Mansanita (The Loveable Mansanita Tree) highlights the special bond shared between three young sisters, who found sanctuary and adventure under the canopy of their loveable mansanita tree. Set in 1950s Guam, this book captures a time when children discovered joy in nature and in each other.
Histoire des isles Marianes (History of the Mariana Islands), written in Paris in 1700, provides a detailed glimpse into a tumultuous and critically significant period in the history of the Mariana Islands and the Chamorro people – the period commonly referred to as the Spanish-Chamorro Wars.
Joseph Flores Sablan
I Malinguna Påtgon (The Lost Child) tells the story of a young girl named Bella, who feels like she has been forgotten by her large and very busy family. She finds friendship and love in her garden. Through captivating illustrations, I Malinguna Påtgon depicts key CHamoru values, particularly the importance of family and working together.
Cielo de los Reyes
Ma Guaiya Yu’, si Nåna yan si Tåta (Grandma and Grandpa Love Me) is a vibrant picture book featuring lovely watercolor illustrations that depict the many ways grandparents show their love to their grandchildren. From holding hands in church to going on hikes in the jungle, this story describes the important role grandparents play in the lives of ifamagu’on-ta, our children.
Si Pedro yan i Hilet Oru na Ko’ko’ (Pedro and the Golden Ko’Ko’) is an exciting tale of a young boy named Pedro from Malesso’, who is on a quest to capture the clever Golden Ko’ko’. The Golden Ko’ko’ only comes around every 100 years, and Pedro, determined to catch him, spends his days setting up traps along the Ko’ko’s path in southern Guam.
This report written by Governor Francisco Olive contains his insights about the social, political, and economic conditions of the Marianas. He focuses on the underdevelopment of the islands and draws the Spanish Government to look back at the colony’s history, specifically the second half of the 19th century. The report reflects the colonial mentality of Olive, who stresses the responsibility of the Spanish Government to the inhabitants of the Marianas, leaving unchallenged the right of Spain to maintain its sovereignty over the islands.
In this anthropological study of a neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Parkinsonism-Dementia Complex (ALS/PDC) in Guam, Western Pacific, Verena Keck intertwines three separate perspectives of history, medicine, and anthropology.
As much autobiography as biography, this book celebrates the life and work of Palau’s Felix K. Yaoch, S.J. It is composed of conversations with Fr. Felix, a legend, a statement before U.S. Congress, a Tia Belau news article and several articles written by Fr. Felix, including a little known paper about Palau’s indigenous belief system, Modekngei, and others based on his recollections and the written record, and 16 essays.