Traditional Micronesian storytelling is oral, meaning the stories can be spoken, chanted, or sung. These stories can also vary based on the language or dialect used by the storyteller. “Mwa Machang” is a story from Chuuk, where many dialects are spoken. In this version it is retold as it was passed down to the author from her grandmother. The tale teaches the values of communication and friendship and is retold in English and a mixture of Chuukese dialects. The Chuukese language is presented without diacritical marks to allow fluent Chuukese readers the freedom to pronounce the words as they are spoken in their respective dialect.
- juvenile fiction, social topics
- target age: 4-8 years old