Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 6, 1977 · Page 17
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 17

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, June 6, 1977
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Mon.,June 6,1977 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 17 Girl from Truk, Micronesia, likes Greeley and wants to return here to college Social Either Muritok of Truk In Microntsl« · (Tribune photo by Rose Mary Koob) · T H E £j co. N Ladies Sportswear New Dresses ' 'arriving ',, · ' 'every day I ' Dresses are Cooler! All from famous manufacturers such as BUTTE KNIT MELISSA LANE HOWARD WOLFED HOWARD HIRSCH JERELL...DIANNE VON FURSTENBERG GRAMO and many more 353-3333 ilWhAve.andlOthSt. THE JONES co. Ladies Sportswear By ROSE MARY KOOB Tribune Staff Writer With a burst of enthusiasm, Esther Muritok said "I think it's pretty interesting here. I'd like to come back!" Esther left Saturday after a year as a junior at University High School. She's going home to Truk District of Micronesia, islands In the Pacific Ocean not far from Guam. She plans to finish high school at Truk High School, then would like to return to the United States to go to college. She made many friends here. One of her girl friends, Becky Clugston, is going hack to Truk with her to spend the summer. Esther came to the United States a year ago in June with Peace Corps teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Potosek, who are studying for their masters degrees at the University of Northern Colorado. They spent from the time of their arrival until September last year at Gill, Mass. She remained their house guest during her stay here. Truk District consists of many little islands, a trust territory of the United States since World War II. According to a United Nations agreement, the U.S. will govern the islands until 1981, when the country will be formed under its own government. English is taught in the schools and is their second language, the means by which natives of each district, which has its own language, communicate with those of the other districts. Esther's native language is called Truiese. The center of Truk District is Moen Island which is approximately the size of Greeley. The family is the central focal point of their society. Aunts, uncles, every one of the relatives, live in a community of buildings or unit. All students in the district must travel to Moen to attend high school. Also, those seeking employment come to Moen, as the surrounding islands offer only small farming to eke out an existence. Civilization is still not too advanced, but progress is being made. The missionaries brought a great deal to the country, teaching Christianity. Natives are encouraged to believe in God and forget some of the old pagan customs. Many years ago, before the Spaniards settled in the islands at about the time of Christopher Columbus, there were violent wars between the natives of the islands. During Adolph Hitler's "reign" the Germans took over. Then, at the tune of World War II, the Japanese set up war bases on the Islands, but were defeated by the United States. The island waters are a great attraction to scuba divers. Many Japanese ships were sunk, and for a time, the Japanese dived to reclaim their dead. Then the government declared nothing was to be taken from the ships, so they are pretty much intact, with furnishings, war materials and weapons, even some artistic items. The sea moss and algae have accumulated on the sunken vessels and a type of beauty has developed along with the marine life, attracting many to observe this underwater scene. Fish and copra (dried coconuts) are the chief exports. Americans try to protect the fishing areas from aggressive nations. There is a natural reef around the islands, with a lagoon the only navigable waters to enter or leave the country. Breadfruit is the most important food in Ttuk, and natives depend on it for their daily meals. It grows on huge trees, the fruit about the size of a small watermelon or large cantaloupe. The exterior is rough, but softens when cooked. The interor is white and often used raw in a salad with coconut. The vegetation is lush in this tropical group of islands. Many vegetables including cucunv bers are grown as well as all kinds of fruits -- and sugar cane. Enough food is grown to allow the islanders to be self- sustaining. Their handicrafts include carving wooden statues, making mats and grass skirts, still the principal attire in-this land where the ocean breezes keep temperatures within the 60-80 degree range. But it is very humid. Esther really noticed the cold during the past winter here. ' The people of Truk have an easier life with a slower moving pace. They do not seem to have the pressures of the American way of life. They have progressed to the establishing of two colleges in entire Micronesia. Esther's father is very well educated, attended college in Hawaii, and Is employed as a coordinator of teacher education training in a program in these islands located east of the Philippines and north of the equator. Large families are EARLY TRADITION In Olde Englande, mid-lent Sunday was the time for celebrating a form of Mother's Day. Called "Mothering Sunday," it was a day when people attended the "mother church" of their baptism and also visited their' mothers with gifts. Popular presents of the time were small rich pastries called "mothering cakes." Three-fourths of the world's mail is written in English. commonplace. Esther has four brothers and three sisters. Her mother is expecting her ninth child soon -- one reason Esther was anxious to return home. There is a hospital on Moen Island, established by Americans. The young native girl lamented "I feel bad, leaving, all my friends here. Attending church fellowship meetings gave me such a wonderful feeling as I learned so much about God." There are not many Christians in Micronesia, but here she learned about Christianity and is vitally interested. "I just love Greeley," she exclaimed. We're betting she'll be back to attend college. Calendar Wednesday, June* 7 a.m. Christian Businessmen's Committee. Holiday Inn. 12:15 Noon. Wednesday Afternoon Greeley Duplicate Bridge Club. Greeley Country Club. 1 p.m. Greeley Excelsis Woman's Club, luncheon meeting. Holiday Inn. 2p.m. Greeley Navy Mothers Club, business meeting, in the Blue Flame Room. 7:30 p.m. La La Le Extension Homemakers Club. 7:30 p.m. Job's Daughters, Masonic Temple. VISIT THE #1 WALLPAPER PLACE i All Wallcovering 10% OFF Our Everyday Low Price CALL OUR FREE DECORATING SERVICE 356-3376 ESTEE LAUDER WANTS YOU TO HAVE IT ALL THIS SUMMER. THE BEAUTY AND THE BAG! the country dash-away bag! YOUR FANTASTIC OFFER - A 55.00 VALUE, ONLY 10.00 WITH ANY ESTEE LAUDER PURCHASE OF 6.50 OR MORE Big. Beautiful. Super-packable. This terrific bag of s ky-blue plaid has a special kind of sunny-day dash ... for any occasion from a big-city sprint to a quiet country weekend, you can just slip it over your shoulder and be off and running beautifully. 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