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2018 Governor’s Humanities awardees

(Press Release) — The Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to announce the recipients for the 2018 Governor’s Humanities Awards.

This event, held annually as a part of CNMI Humanities Month, recognizes outstanding contributions to the humanities by individuals and organizations in the community.  Every year the council makes a call for nominations from the community and selects the awardees.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Don Farrell: Research and Publication in the Humanities

Mr. Farrell is awarded for his publishing of the “History of the Northern Mariana Islands” text book and “Tinian and the Bomb.”

  • Gordon Marciano: Preservation of Traditional Cultural Practices

Mr. Marciano is awarded for his significant contributions as a Chamorro and Carolinian cultural practitioner, leader, promoter, event planner and tour operator.

  • Galvin Deleon Guerrero: Preservation of CNMI History

Mr. Deleon Guerrero is awarded for his short films based on the book “We Drank Our Tears” which is about the indigenous people and their stories of World War II.

  • Victor Cabrera: Outstanding Humanities Teacher in classroom setting

Mr. Cabrera, a teacher of 14yrs, is awarded for his unconventional methods of teaching middle school students on how to farm and be self-sustaining. 

  • Cecilio Raiukiulipiy: Outstanding Humanities Teacher non-classroom setting

Mr. Raiukiulipiy is awarded for teaching the traditional ways of navigating and sailing on traditional canoes to the community.

  • Scott Russell: Lifetime Achievement Award in the Humanities

Mr. Russell is awarded for his 19 years of service and contribution to the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and the community.

The council would like to congratulate each awardee on their significant contributions to the Humanities in 2018.