Friday, August 4, 2017

Trilingual Book Edited by Assistant Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Cyrus Konstantinakos, Published!

From our UNESCO/UNITWIN Affiliate, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University:

In July 2017, The ABCs of Chamorro was published. It's a trilingual photo-essay book that introduces one cultural topic for every letter of the Chamorro alphabet. The project was supported by School of Education at BU, the U.S. Department of Education, University of Guam and Guam Legislature. The book has been featured in USA Today, Pacific Daily News, and a book on multilingualism produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

According to Cyrus:

A couple of gender notes on Chamorro culture: The Chamorro creation myth describes how celestial siblings—a brother and sister—interdependently created the world and everything in it. Also, traditional Chamorro culture is matrilineal; people's names, social positions and wealth were all inherited through the mother's side of the family.

Congratulations to Cyrus and the Chamorro Studies students at the University of Guam!

Photo courtesy of the Humphrey Fellowship Program/BU