Chamorro Wedding Traditions
fino' chamoru / kuttura

Chamorro Wedding Traditions

A year end gift for those looking to improve their Chamorro reading and comprehension skills. Here is an account by Illuminada Perez, a pioneer in the movement for the revitalization of the Chamorro language on Chamorro wedding traditions from before World War II. *************************** Kustumbren Chamorro put Inakamo’ By Illuminada Perez  Annai sumuttero pat sumuttera … Continue reading

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw on Thirty Years of Intersectionality
famalaoan

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw on Thirty Years of Intersectionality

“If the underlying assumption behind the category ‘women’ or ‘feminist’ is that we are a coalition then there have to be coalitional practices and some form of accountability.” . . . Crenshaw talks about a sort of “collective forgetting” – the fact that black women were not spared from lynching themselves, and the way that … Continue reading

Banzai Cliff
estoria / fino' chamoru

Banzai Cliff

As a Chamorro historian, I’ve read much and written much about Chamorro history, but nearly everything I’ve read or written is in the English language. After losing both my grandparents in the past two years, I’ve become much more sensitive to the fact that our most fluent generation, i manåmko’, are disappearing and the language … Continue reading

Institutions of higher education and safe spaces
decolonization / Ineyak

Institutions of higher education and safe spaces

I’ve about had it up to here with the ignorant, vicious backlash against attempts to provide safe space at universities for students. Students with disabilities are protected under the law — now.  It certainly wasn’t always that way. LGBTQ students are barely protected.  Our society at large still views LGBTQ people as subhuman or disordered. … Continue reading