Olympia Terral(Author), Dawn Lees Reyes
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(Author), Multiple Artists
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.
Dolores Barcinas Santos(Author), Jessica Perez-Jackson
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(Author)
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.
Catherine Payne(Author), Neill Catangay
At the seashore, or chepchop unai, a young boy named Juan learns how to build sand sculptures from his uncle. Although he is met with obstacles along the way, Juan keeps trying until he becomes a talented sand sculptor. Chepchop Unai highlights the beauty and importance of intergenerational sharing in the CHamoru culture. The book features captivating illustrations of Juan and his family at the beach and the unique island-inspired sand sculptures he creates there. Chepchop Unai is written mainly in English, and utilizes CHamoru words and phrases throughout the story to help teach the language.
Frederick B. Quinene(Author)
An Islander's Voice, a collection of poems by Guam's Poet Laureate Federick B. Quinene, offers a unique perspective on love, life, family, culture, and politics on Guam from the powerful voice of a proud islander.
University of Guam(Author)
University of Guam: Ina, Diskubre, Setbe celebrates the dynamic role the University of Guam plays in Guam and Micronesia. The hardcover book offers a pictorial glimpse of the ways that UOG lives its mission statement of ina, diskubre, setbe--to enlighten, discover, and serve. This publication chronicles the university's role in the local community and gives readers a comprehensive view of the unique education provided by UOG that is offered nowhere else in the world. Readers can learn about the university's programs and offerings, as well as gain a greater understanding of how UOG is dedicated to the betterment of both Guam and the Micronesian region through service and scholarship.
Simone Efigenia Perez Bollinger (Author), Jack Lujan Bevacqua
Jack Lujan Bevacqua
Follow Ena, a young CHamorrita, as she enjoys a day on Guam with her family. Un Ha'åni yan si Ena uses common and simple CHamoru phrases and vocabulary ideal for helping adults and children incorporate the language in their everyday lives.
Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center(Author)
Litekyan (Ritidian) in northern Guam is one of the only places on the island where every period of human life can still be traced. Lina'la: Portraits of Life at Litkeyan features an incredible collection of photos capturing the people, plants, wild and sea life, landscapes, water resources, artifacts, and legacies of Litekyan, spanning 3,500 years of life. This unique and powerful publication not only provides valuable information about such a significant historic and cultural site, but also about the history of the CHamoru people.
Ta Tuge' Mo'na(Author)
Insights from Oceania is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork featuring 40 contributors from across Oceania, who offer a contemporary and bold snapshot of life in the Pacific. The writings in Kinalamten Gi Pasifiku focus on modern perspectives in colonized Pacifica. Each work is a bonding between oceanic life and personal thought. In her Foreword to the anthology, Dr. Laura Torres Souder describes the collection as "speaking the unspeakable". Souder explains that through their writing and art, the anthology's contributors "dare to expose sublimated contractions and use their critical consciousness to heal wounded hearts." Kinalamten Gi Pasifiku is the premier publication of Ta Tuge' Mo'na, a Non-Profit Organization that supports literary communities in Guam and contributes to the development of a written literary tradition that expresses local and regional perspectives.