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  • Marlyn Hedderick was 15 the first time she traveled abroad.

    Her mom, Roselyn, wanted to protect her for the journey.

  • When Roselyn performs her Palauan protection spell, you are supposed to sit still.

  • Her mother, Roselyn continued to practice Palaun rituals,

    even after living in New Hampshire for 40 years.

  • Roselyn gave her three children only a few Palauan stories and totems:

    wooden storyboards, statues, and models of bai – traditional Palauan meeting houses.

  • This story is part of "The Places We Call Home," a collection made possible by Pacific Islanders in Communications and Cowbird. Read the rest of the stories here.

    Images by Chris J Gauthier and courtesy of the Hedderick family unless otherwise noted.

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