Saturday, October 6, 2007

Ancient Chamorros

It's not a matter of painting life, it's a matter of giving life to painting. -- Pierre Bonnard

The local public library, located in the heart of San Jose Village, is not only a book repository but a gallery for handsome local paintings by such local artists as Rem Diaz. Rem, who lives on Tinian, created these magnificent pieces. They depict ancient Chamorro history and culture.

Artist's rendition of how latte stones were used by the ancient Chamorros.

There is a distinctly Tinian feel to the public library; it is a place that is neither anonymous like most libraries, but rather rich in what makes Tinian unique: the House of Taga, which contain the largest known latte stones and purportedly built for Chief Taga, the 17th century ancestor of today's modern Chamorro people, is located on this island.

House of Taga with one standing latte stone, carved wood relief style.

Get a feel for the Chamorro culture and history in general here.

Contact the Tinian Public Library!
Tel.: +1 (670) 433-0504

Check out the CNMI Library located on Saipan!

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