Ralph Eurich Patacsil
The Properties of Perpetual Light is an homage to the work of the activist-writer, which author Julian Aguon describes as “the work of bearing witness, wrestling with the questions of one’s day, telling children the truth.” With prose and poetry both bracing and quiet, Aguon weaves together stories from his childhood in the villages of Guam with searing political commentary about everything from nuclear weapons to climate change. Throughout the book, Aguon grapples with one heart-breaking loss after another by immersing himself in the beauty of his island, the magic of Micronesia, and the wisdom of his favorite books and elders. Deploying the feminist insight that the personal is political, The Properties of Perpetual Light illuminates a path for others to confront injustice, to find their way, and to “write as if everything they love is on the line.”
Storyboard 19 features 38 original pieces of creative writing, including prose, poetry, and short stories, as well as artwork inspired by the theme “Oceania rising” and explores the political, social, economic, emotional, cultural, and spiritual struggles of climate change in Oceania.
Dawn Lees Reyes
Atisa is the last surviving adult håyon lågu, or "tree of the north" on Guam. She has become the Mother Tree and the final hope for this beautiful native species to survive. Faced with many dangers, she finds joy in her friendships with the jungle creatures around her. "Mother Tree" teaches the value of protecting the natural world around us. It will inspire young readers to learn more about native species and how to help them thrive.
Teresita Lourdes Perez
CHamoru Legends: A Gathering of Stories retells 12 CHamoru legends with personal reflections from author Teresita Lourdes Perez, unique illustrations for each legend by Guam artists, and versions of the legends in the CHamoru language by Maria Ana Tenorio Rivera. The publication is a reversible book featuring the legends in English on one side and in CHamoru on the other. Through these layers of interpretation, the book weaves together strips of wisdom and cultural lessons like the leaves used to shape the CHamoru guåfak, or mat, upon which the earliest CHamoru storytellers sat sharing their versions of these timeless tales.
Editors: Rebecca A. Stephenson and Mary L. Spencer
Located in the western Pacific Ocean, the Ulithi Atoll is considered one of the most important Pacific Island communities today, and consists of the islets Mogmog, Asor, Falalop, Fasserai, and Lossau.
Chris Perez Howard
Mariquita, first published in 1982, has become the most widely read novel about the CHamoru experience during World War II on Guam. Author Chris Perez Howard chronicles his mother's vibrant life before the War, her enduring strength during the Japanese occupation of the island, and her tragic death at the end of it. He also paints a vivid picture of life on Guam during these pivotal years. For this edition, Perez Howard revisits the story and adds more details, photos, and letters. It is a continuing tribute to a mother whose legacy lives on in the memories of all who read it.
Dave and Bev Lotz with Abby Crain and Jerred Wells
For over 20 years, The Best Tracks on Guam has guided local residents and visitors through some of the most beautiful parts of the island to explore: Guam's isolated coastlines, hidden waterfalls, unique caves, CHamoru cultural sites, historic landmarks and mountain vistas. The Best Tracks on Guam includes comprehensive hiking information for both beginner and experienced hikers, including how to prepare for hikes, health and safety information, cultural and environmental descriptions and much more. For this fourth edition, lead authors Dave and Bev Lotz, who have spent nearly 50 years hiking on Guam and advocating for the preservation of the CHamoru heritage, teamed up with avid hiker and adventure photographer Abby Crain and search and rescue firefighter Jerred Wells to update hiking information and photos. This edition includes 44 of the best hikes on the island with improved, user-friendly safety and hiking tips and trail guides. Laminated paper and spiral binding were used for this edition to ensure durability during hikes.
Dolores Barcinas Santos
CHamoru ancestors in the Mariana Islands marked time using the phases of the moon and the important seasons in their lives. Months were named to describe seasonal weather and the best times to fish, plant, and harvest food. Just like their ancestors, the Barcinas girls – Lole’, Lia, Rita, Arisa, and Ha’åne’ – mark time using the seasons of their beautiful village of Malesso’ in southern Guam. 13 Months in Malesso' captures a distinctly CHamoru sense of time and place, and beautifully illustrates the many ways in which the island of Guam nourishes and sustains its people.
Peter R. Onedera
This lyrical collection of CHamoru poetry features the reflections of Master Storyteller, author and poet Peter Onedera. Taimanu na Ini highlights the physical beauty of Guam, while tackling modern-day issues including the importance of preserving the CHamoru language and culture. Onedera’s heartfelt poetry presents history through his eyes, expresses his appreciation for Guam’s historical symbols, tackles political debates, and portrays the island lifestyle. Onedera has actively been involved in preserving the indigenous language and culture of the Marianas Islands as a storyteller, playwright, educator, author, and poet. He received the Master Storyteller Award presented by the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency in 2015. He is also a member of the CHamoru Language Commission.
Lynn Raulerson and Agnes F. Reinhart
Trees and Shrubs of the Mariana Islands offers readers images and valuable information about 102 trees and shrubs that can be found around Guam and the Marianas. It is intended to serve as a guide to help the general public, school children, developers, and tourists identify, propagate/maintain, and learn about the natural history and uses of some of the more important trees and shrubs of the Mariana Islands. This is a revised edition of the book, which was originally published by Raulerson and Reinhart in 1991. The revised edition includes updated photographs, plant names and information and is printed to function as a field guide, with durable, laminated pages to withstand varying weather conditions.