In a first for Micronesia, a book has provided a cultural compendium to represent the region.
'Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia' brings together poetry, short stories, critical and creative essays, chants, and excerpts of plays, from over 70 authors from the various atolls and islands.
The anthology of indigenous voices represents eight of the thirteen Micronesian language groups including Chamorro, Chuukese, I-Kiribati, Kosraean, Marshallese, Nauruan, Palauan, Pohnpeian, and Yapese.
The Chamorro academic from the University of Guam, Evelyn Flores, has edited the book with the Pohnpeian poet Emelihter Kihleng.
Professor Flores spoke with Dominic Godfrey, who started by asking how oral stories passed down through song and chant can work in writing?