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Lori Reuney

Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia

Lori Reuney

A very proud fin (woman) from Namoluk in Chuuk, I grew up in a very big family with a lot of cousins, who I consider as brothers and sisters. I am now attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, where I am majoring in Business/Economics. I am a very active person as I am the Vice President of the Business Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, the Vice President of the Chuukese Students Association, and the acting Treasurer for the International Student Association.

I love to travel, which is why I perhaps want to major in Business. Who knows?

During my free time, I like to listen to music, play tennis or volleyball. When I have money, I love to shop by myself so I can take my sweet time and spend the whole day at the stores. My writings reflect my pride for my homeland and my appreciation for those who shape my self-image and for all the things I encounter in life.

Excerpt from Making Waves

Photos courtesy of Haini Haser.

Tokia (Stick Dance)

Stick Dancing photo

An exercise for the men,
expressing emotions—
joy, sorrows, worries,
pwapwa, letipeta, aurek.

They

prepare for harvest
prepare for—war
prepare for famine
prepare for drought
prepare for disease
prepare for health.

Hitting
Stomping
Screaming and Shouting
Twirling
Sweating
Slapping
Huffing and Puffing
like big bad wolves
to be brave and masculine and bold
beat what to beat
catch what to catch
sing the song that goes from island to island.

Ceremony for the men—
e til le pochomwan,
strong and firm—
like the eel when
the ancestors' ghosts foresee
past, present, future
nanew, ikenai, lessor.

Stick Dancing photo