Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Northern Mariana Islands

I ended up with one of these quarters in my pocket. I thought it was counterfit. Or worth only 20 cents like the Canadian quarter. But no. It's real!
The islands are somewhere near the Phillipines. Between Hawaii. They are politically allied with the fundamentalist U.S. corporatist regime. (I'm reading Shock Doctrine so expect a lot of rhetoric for the next month)
Saipan is included. Guam.
I may have to take a trip there to find out the state of affairs.

Some info:

The Northern Mariana Islands quarter reverse design represents the wealth of the islands in its natural resources of land, air and sea. Near the shore stands a large limestone latte, the supporting column of ancient indigenous Chamorro structures. A canoe of the indigenous Carolinians represents the people’s seafaring skills across vast distances. Two white fairy tern birds fly in characteristic synchrony overhead. A Carolinian mwar (head lei) composed of plumeria, langilang (Ylang Ylang), angagha (peacock flower) and teibwo (Pacific Basil) borders the bottom of the design near the inscription, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. The mwar is symbolic of the virtues of honor and respect.
Honor and Respect I think are metaphoric since the Enola Gay flew out of Guam to drop radioactive gifts on Hiroshima.

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