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"Winning starts in the mind. Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve."
-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hafa Adai! As part of my commitment to continue to share cultural poems relating to our beautiful island of Guam and its people, here’s Korasón Poem #3 titled Guahan. Enjoy! Biba Guahan!


My beautiful island of Guahan*,
Where America’s Day Begins
Is one I naturally hold dear to my heart.

Growing up on the island
Has made me appreciate
Our beautiful taotao*, tano*, yan tåsi*
It has made me value my Chamorro culture
Filled with family gatherings
Filled with beautiful songs to sing and enjoy
Filled with a rich history
Filled with strong traditions
But most of all,
filled with memories to last a lifetime.
© mnrivera and ltgumataotao
*Guahan: Guam
*taotao: people
*tano: land
*yan tåsi: and ocean
Source: Our Native Daughters’ Reflection of Guam and Its People by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Lois Taitano Gumataotao

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