The Northern Marianas Humanities Council announced yesterday the six recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Humanities Awards.
The Lifetime Achievement Award in the Humanities went to Scott Russell, who recently retired after serving the council as its executive director.
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. Farrell is awarded for his publishing of the History of the Northern Mariana Islands textbook and Tinian and the Bomb.
Gordon Marciano: Preservation of Traditional Cultural Practices. Marciano is awarded for his significant contributions as a Chamorro and Carolinian cultural practitioner, leader, promoter, event planner and tour operator.
Galvin Guerrero: Preservation of CNMI History. 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. Cabrera, a teacher of 14 years, 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. Raiukiulipiy is awarded for teaching the traditional ways of navigating and sailing on traditional canoes to the community.
Russell: Lifetime Achievement Award in the Humanities. 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. (PR)