5th Marianas History Conference Day 1 - 3

Page 103

Panel: Maritime Resources

Of Songs of Birds and Whales, How Much Must We Lose?

By Dr. Kelly Marsh-Taitano and Hon. Sheila Babauta

Abstract: Whales have long been a part of the ecosystems in the Mariana Islands and part of the lifeways of the ancestors of these lands. Yet in modern times we know so little about their very existence in our waters while globally, so much about them remains unknown. Which of us know that there are over 20 species of whales in our waters, or of our area’s significance to their very survival? This presentation explores the relationship between I mambayena siha yan taotao tano’ (whales and the people of the land) and the impact of whales in our lives over time. We are now at a crossroads. Once Navy active sonar was introduced to our region, for the first time in recorded history, beaked whales began washing up dead on our shores, with an unknown number perishing in the ocean. What steps are island leaders taking to protect these precious parts of our community resources? Will our whales suffer the same fate as our birds? Will we lose them before we even fully understand their significance to us?

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The History of Understanding Whales in our Waters article cover image

The History of Understanding Whales in our Waters

1min
pages 105-113
Sea-Lanes of Antiquity article cover image

Sea-Lanes of Antiquity

1min
pages 75-101
Valuing our Ancestral Knowledge in the Seafaring System article cover image

Valuing our Ancestral Knowledge in the Seafaring System

1min
pages 65-72
Places Without Names and Names Without Places? article cover image

Places Without Names and Names Without Places?

1min
pages 33-62
Solidarity Foods article cover image

Solidarity Foods

1min
pages 9-14
The Dawn of America’s Pacific Empire article cover image

The Dawn of America’s Pacific Empire

1min
pages 279-310
Jesuit Presence in the Mariana Islands article cover image

Jesuit Presence in the Mariana Islands

1min
pages 211-246
Fortifications as Geometric Machines article cover image

Fortifications as Geometric Machines

1min
pages 181-210
Marianas on Display article cover image

Marianas on Display

1min
pages 249-278
Governor Jose Ganga Herrero article cover image

Governor Jose Ganga Herrero

1min
pages 247-248
Manila Galleon Shipwrecks  article cover image

Manila Galleon Shipwrecks

1min
pages 179-180
Reporting on the Marianas and Their Inhabitants in Early 18th-century Germany article cover image

Reporting on the Marianas and Their Inhabitants in Early 18th-century Germany

1min
pages 171-178
The Chamorro Village of Guam after Resettlement article cover image

The Chamorro Village of Guam after Resettlement

1min
pages 143-170
If Magellan had Balutan article cover image

If Magellan had Balutan

1min
pages 115-142
Fatto Famalao’an article cover image

Fatto Famalao’an

1min
pages 15-16
Pakaka i Pachot-mu! CHamoru Yu’! article cover image

Pakaka i Pachot-mu! CHamoru Yu’!

1min
pages 17-18
Pacific Ocean: A 500 Year-old Word article cover image

Pacific Ocean: A 500 Year-old Word

1min
pages 21-32
Interpreting an Authentic Chamorro Sakman from the Historic Record article cover image

Interpreting an Authentic Chamorro Sakman from the Historic Record

1min
pages 73-74
Exploring Latte in the Marianas article cover image

Exploring Latte in the Marianas

1min
pages 63-64
Of Songs of Birds and Whales, How Much Must We Lose? article cover image

Of Songs of Birds and Whales, How Much Must We Lose?

1min
pages 103-104
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