Stories from Enewetak: Tonila Sailas

Reflection:

My grandmother is very old and can’t stand or walk. She only sits so I served her food and drinks. My grandmother is very dear to me, and she is very good to me. Sometimes she shared stories of when she was a young girl. The dresses my grandmother wears are church dresses but sometimes she wears the Kuam (mumu).

Some of the stories that my grandmother shared about when she was a young girl goes like this. Occasionally, she would go with her girl-friends to the beach-side and hang out, play till evening time, then go home for dinner. Next day, woke up and eat, then after she gets done with her chores she would go looking for her friends to play. One day I returned home and found my grandmother sick. Later I asked if she is well/ok and she replied yes. In those days, people eat taro, arrow root (starch) bandanus, breadfruit and drink coconut.

Grandmother shared the story of a men-shark and her son. One day the son ran away from the village because the people were after him wanting to kill him. The boy men-shark father and his sharks were waiting at the end of the island. When the boy reached where his father was, he told his father that he was very exhausted. His father then direct all his sharks to bite (attack) the people who were pursuing his son.


Reflection:

Būbū eo aō elap an leļļap im en̄ak jutak ak etetal kab ej jijet wōt im ij kōmman ļo̧k kijen ak limen dān. Būbū eo aō eļap an aurōk ippa elap an emman tok n̄an n̄a. Jet iien ej bwebwenato tok nan n̄a kōn ien ko ke ear Lijron̄ wōt. Nuknkun ko an būbū ej kōņaki ej nuknuk in jar aetok im jet ien ej ekōņak kuam.

Būbū ej bwebwenato kōn ien eo ear Lijron̄ wōt ear ba. Jet ien e im limaro mōttan rekijon̄ etal n̄an ijoko iar im ikkure im ļo̧k bon̄ roro̧o̧l im m̧ōn̄ā. Rujļo̧kin raan eo juon ebar rujtok m̧ōn̄ā, m̧ōn̄ā im lok mōj an jerbal emoat im pukot limaro mōttam im bar ikkure. elok erod ekar nan̄inmej im iar kajjitōk ippān būū kwoj mod ke im ear baa et. Ilo tōro ko aer rej m̧ōn̄ā Ieraj, makmōk, bōb, im mā im rej idaak ni.

Būbū ej bwebwento kon pako eo im laddik eo nejin juon raan laddik e oar ko jen armej rob we raar iten mane ak jemān im pako ko mōttan rej kōttar ilo jabon ān eo n̄an an laddik eo ka emok. Ke ļaddik eo tōbar ijo jemān ej bād ie ekar ba baba imok innem jemān ear kōmakit aolep bako ko bwe ren kij armej ro.

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