- "Jepilpilin ke ejukaan"
- Me, Myself, and I
- The Marshall Islands is one of the most unique places in the world, made up of 29 coral atolls and 5 single islands spread out over an exclusive economic zone of nearly 1 million square miles (one of the largest in the Pacific!). The Marshalls is one of only four atoll nations in the world and is also one of the world’s youngest nations, independent since just 1986. The Capital
of the Marshalls is Majuro Atoll, about 70 square miles. The Marshall Islands is a Self governing democracy, in free association with the United States...The flag of Marshall Islands was officially adopted on May 1, 1979. The islands, long a part of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, gained their independence in 1979, and hoisted this striking flag. The orange and white stripes are symbolic of the two side-by-side island chains within the Marshalls, the Rotok and Ralik. The blue field represents the surrounding Pacific Ocean, and the white star has a point for each district. 24 in all.
A chief had a daughter, the most beautiful on the island. The chief's daughter would not marry anybody from there, for she was too beautiful to marry any man on the island. One night the chief looked at the moon, and he wished to have the moon as his toy. Therefore
one day the chief called everybody to meet at his house. At the meeting he told the people to think of a way to bring the moon down to the earth.
At another meeting two poor boys appeared before the chief and told him they could bring down the moon to earth. The chief informed the people of the island that the one who would bring him the moon could marry his daughter. Then the two poor brothers went to their
mother and their mother instructed them how they could get the moon. The younger brother .\rent to heaven to get the moon. The young man met several people before he reached where the moon was located. The people who visited him gave him two plovers, two roosters, one pandanus fruit, and a hibiscus stick. He went to a big mens house
where people were not allowed to enter. Yalulep was in the men's house and the moon hung up in the house. The moon belonged to Yalulep. The boy came and stayed outside and
started to tell stories until the guards went to sleep and then he went into the men's house. When he moved in the house, Yalulep told the guards in the house, "Someone new has come in the house." When the guards tried to find the new person he pretended that he
was one of them. When all of the guards came back in the house the boy started to tell his stories and soon the guards slept. The boy reached up and untied the moon. He took the noon and turned the bright side towards the men's house as he walked away from the house. When he was far away enough from the house, he ran down to earth. Yalulep woke his men and told them what had happened. The men chose the second fastest runner among them and sent him after the boy. He ran after the boy until he came close to him and the boy threw the two plovers behind him. The birds fought with each other. The runner saw the birds and sat down and watched the birds. As he sat and watched the birds the boy continued on his way back to earth. Soon the runner realized that the boy had run further than before, so he took the birds and ran after the boy. When he came close to the
boy, the boy threw back the two chickens. The roosters fought and the runner stopped and watched the roosters as they fought. The runner then soon forgot the boy and picked up the roosters and went back to the men's house. When he came to the men's house the other men were mad at him and sent the fastest runner among them. The fastest runner chased the boy until he came close to him and the boy threw the pandanus fruit back. Then such a great jungle of pandanus came between them that the fastest runner slowed down. The boy came very close to the earth. Soon the fastest runner came out from the forest. He ran after the boy until he got close to him. The boy threw the hibiscus stick back.
Another forest came between them and the runner got stuck in them. The boy came to earth and went to his mother and his mother made him some wonderful food. He ate and took the moon to the chief's house. Before he went his mother instructed him what to tell the chief about the moon in order for the chief to keep the him. He came to the chief's house and told the chief not to take all the covers off the moon. Then he married the chief's daughter and took her to his home. One day the chief started to take off the covers from his moon and
every time he tried to take off the covers from the moon it got brighter. The chief then thought that might be the reason why the boy told him not to take off the covers ofl his moon, so the chief continued to take off the covers. Soon the chief took off the last cover and the moon flew back in the sky. The chief was very sad about his moon and called back the boy. He told the boy what had happened to his moon. The boy told him th
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Once upon a time there lived a rat, a heron, a plover, and a crabon an island. Food on this island was very scarce and they had to find food in order to survive. No food on the island, nothing to eat, so one day the rat proposed that they make a trip to another island to find
food. The rat asked the two birds, heron and plover, to go with him. The two birds were supposed to be his scouting team; they were going to look for islands if possible. So one day they decided to make this trip; they prepared everything; and the canoe was also prepared. They put up sails and everything needed for the trip. When they were ready to leave, there was a Crab calling to them and begging the rat to let him go. At first, the rat didn't want the crab to go; he told the crab that he didn't have anything to do on the canoe trip. The crab was very disappointed and he kept begging the rat and the birds to accept him on the canoe. He told them that he would do the bailing if they would let him go. The rat was pleased with him when he said that he would do the bailing. So they accepted him. The crab was going on the trip. For several days they were sailing far away from the island and several times the rat ordered the two birds to look for an island if they could find one; but no luck. They didn't find any island. The rat was supposed to be the leader of this group and he was sitting in the
middle of the canoe giving orders; and the two birds, one of them was sitting at one end of the canoe and the other one at the other end.
The crab was at the bottom of the canoe doing the bailing. They were sailing for several days and they ran out of food, no more food to eat. They were very hungry and they became disappointed as days went by with no food to eat. Then one day there was a coconut drifting toward them and the rat ordered them to haul the coconut into the canoe. When the coconut was put on the canoe they had n problem because none of them was willing to husk the coconut. The two birds said their job was only scouting, not to husk coconuts. So here the rat forced the crab to husk the coconut. When it was done, when the crab husked the coconut, he handed the coconut to the rat; then Rat asked the plover to make a hole in the face of this coconut. \+'hen it was done the rat drank half the juice in the coconut and the two birds shared the other half, and the poor crab was left without any juice to drink. Again, they had to split the coconut into halves. And none of them could do it, or none of then1 was willing to split the coconut. The two birds again said that their job was only scouting, not to crack the coconut. Again the rat forced the crab to crack the coconut. So the poor crab cracked the coconut and handed the coconut to the rat. Half of the coconut was given to the birds and half of id was eaten by the rat alone. And the poor crab didn't have anything to eat. So the crab was disappointed, disgusted, and he started to chew the bottom of the canoe. He chewed and chewed until he made a hole in the bottom of
the canoe and he sneaked out and swam away. The water rushed into the canoe and it was sinking very fast. The two birds flew away and the rat was left on the canoe to find a way to save himself. He ran to one end of the canoe. It was full of water and he tried to run to the other end again. The canoe was sinking fast, so he cried for help. He asked the birds to, please help him, lift him up from the ocean. The two birds said he should have enough strength because he ate half of the coconut, and he could help himself. The two birds flew away and the rat kept crying for help There was a turtle that came along and was willing to help the rat. He told the rat, "Get up on my back. I'll take you to the land." So the rat was on the back, of the turtle and they swam to an island nearby. When they were close to the shore of the island, the turtle would ask the rat where to leave him, and the rat would tell him that he would swim in further, closer
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Long long ago on an island in the east there was a giant hermit crab. She lived on the island for many years and finally she bore a son. The name of the baby was Ungar. They stayed on the island and when he was grown up his mother moved away from the island. She went to another island in the west. When she stayed there she bore another son. She gave him his name as Mengar, and they lived there on that island. Time had passed and the sons grew up. They were strong and healthy. The one from the east never felt that anybody could challenge him, he was so big and strong. The younger brother was about the same size and strength as his older brother. Mengar also felt that nobody could challenge him.
The two brothers were also good fishermen. That was what they did most of their time, though they never fished together. Each one fished in his own area. One day when the younger brother came from one of his fishing trips, his mother gave him some advice. She told him that while fishing he should go as far as the northern part. He should not go beyond
that area. Her son did what she told him. When he went out fishing he never went beyond the northern area. As soon as he got there, he would turn back. Then when he got home with the fish he caught, they would have a good meal. However when he grew up to be a young man, he knew that he was stronger than before. Therefore, while planning his fishing trip, he also had a mind to go to the restricted area. At the same time the older brother was also making the same plan. He planned to go to the west. So both of them went out fishing the same day and they both wanted to cross the boundary line. The younger brother fished
but he was moving toward the area and the older brother was doing the same thing. Finally they met each other and they both speared the same fish at the same time. Their spears got stuck in the fish's body. Then each son realized that he had to do something to get rid of his opponent. The older brother said, "Who are you? Who told you to fish in my area?" But the younger brother asked him the same question. Without answering each other's question, they came together and the fight between them was started. While they were fighting there was a typhoon. The waves were building up as a result of this struggle between the two brothers. The islands near the place where the struggle was taking place were having typhoons, earthquakes, and big waves were going on the land. The waves that were formed by the struggle traveled far and wide and they reached the island where their mother was living. She knew then that her sons had met and fought. Immediately she left the island. She swam and swam and swam; then she saw them. She went over to the younger son and crawled up one of his legs. She asked him why he put his hands or even laid hands on his older brother. But the younger brother didn't know. So then they both stopped, and when they looked at the crab they knew she was their mother. The older claimed her and at the same time the younger son also claimed her. Now she told them to stop fighting so that she could explain to them. She told the younger that she bore the older son in the east and gave him the name Ungar. She also told him that he was the younger son and that he was born in the west. She told them that they were brothers. The two brothers then agreed that they wouldn't fight with each other anymore. However, they would now go out and look around for the islands of the strong men. They wanted to test how strong they were. They left the place and came to an island where all the strong men stayed. This island belonged to Typhoon, Storm, Tornado, and other strong men.
When the two brothers came to the island there wasn't anybody home except an old man covered with yaws. The other mm from the island had gone fishing. When they arrived there, the brothers wandered around the island and came to the men's house. The old man was the only person there, so they went in and inquire
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