CHamoru poetry collection sheds light on island culture, politics, and the importance of language

by University of Guam Press & Taiguini Books
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In a lyrical collection of CHamoru poetry released this week by Taiguini Books, a division of the University of Guam Press, master storyteller, author, and poet Peter R. Onedera shares his reflections on life, culture, language, politics, and so much more. Onedera’s poems were compiled into his latest book, “Taimanu na Ini.”

The 94-page collection is fully written in CHamoru and highlights the physical beauty of Guam while tackling modern-day issues, including the importance of preserving the CHamoru language and culture. Onedera’s poetry presents history through his eyes, reflects his appreciation for Guam’s historical symbols, tackles political issues, and portrays the island’s lifestyle.

Onedera has actively been involved in preserving the indigenous language and culture of the Mariana 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.

The book can be purchased at the Guam Museum, the Bestseller bookstores at Micronesia Mall and Guam Premier Outlets, the UOG bookstore, and online at www.uog.edu/uogpress and on Amazon.

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