Taiguini Books publishes cultural and indigenous literature for adults and children, with the goal of capturing and preserving the eloquence and depth of the dynamic Micronesian storytelling tradition in written form.
In partnership with Guam’s Festival of the Pacific Arts Kumitehan Fina’che’cho’ Lepblon Famagu’on gi i Fino’ Natibu Siha, in the summer of 2016, Taiguini Books published four children’s books written in the CHamoru language. The books highlight the beauty and depth of the CHamoru language and culture and explore the roles of family, nature, and interconnectedness in shaping CHamoru children.
Taiguini Books is committed to expanding its collection of cultural literature to include novels, collections of short stories, poetry, and children’s books written about and for the people of Micronesia. If you or anyone you know is interested in publishing cultural literature, please see our submission guidelines.
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.