I wanted to dedicate part of the website to the Inifresi book by Dr. Dungca.
Over a year ago I had the honor and privilege to illustrate Dr. Dungca’s words into a children’s book which is apart of a Song Book Series for UOG press;
I’ve learned through the process of illustrating her words, that Dr. Dungca was “a force to be reckoned with”. Although I’ve never met her, I feel like I have been introduced to her and I feel like I know pieces of her heart through her words; it was only appropriate that I do the same with my images.
“I mås takhalom gi kurason-hu”
I let Dr. Dungca’s beautiful words guide my thoughts and heart while creating these illustrations. I prayed that I was able to create images that Dr. Dungca would approve and be proud of. I hoped that the book would be a book our children would be proud of.
When opening up a children’s book, it is rare to see surroundings our kids are familiar with. It is rare to see characters with their beautiful brown skin tone. It is rare to read a book so lovingly and poetically written in their ancestors language. Because of this, I felt it was very important for me to create characters our children can identify with.
I wanted our kids to see themselves in a book written by a powerful and amazing author. I hope by doing this it would inspire and empower todu i Famagu’on-ta.
Bula Guinaiya was put into this book…from Dr. Dungca’s words, to the images, to the people behind the scenes at UOG press putting the book together.
si Yu’os ma’åse’