Guam is hosting the 12th Pacific Festival of the Arts or FESTPAC this May. Close to 30 island nations from around the Pacific will be gathering in Guam to exhibit various aspects of their culture, ranging from dance, film, food, carving, weaving and so much more.
The theme for this historic event is:
“Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, Håfa Ta Påtte, Dinanña’ Sunidu Siha Giya Pasifiku”
In English this translates to:
“What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific”
In addition to the theme, which utilizes the Chamorro language, the logo or official symbol for the event, is also built around enduring and important Chamorro iconography. Here is the description below for where the FESTPAC logo comes from:
The Latte Stone: I Tasa yan I Aligi: Latte is the term for a pillar (aligi) capped by a hemispherical stone capital (tasa) with the flat side facing up. Used as building/home supports by the ancient Chamorro people, they are found throughout most of the Mariana Islands. Today, The Latte Stone is an icon of our Chamorro people, our strength and our resilience.
Sling Stone: åcho’ atupat. The signature weapon of the ancient Chamorro warrior, were fashioned from either limestone, basalt, or fire-hardened clay and were hung from slings of made of pandanus or coconut fiber. Today, these oval-shaped stones is part of the design of the official Guam flag and is incorporated into architectural designs. Like the latte the slingstone is a cultural icon that exhibit Chamorro pride and cultural identity.
The Coconut Tree: Tronkon Niyok. The tree of life, symbolizes the resources of our land.
Blue Ocean & Outrigger Canoe: Tasi yan Galaide’: Symbolizes our ocean resources as well as connecting us with our pacific brothers and sisters through our seafaring knowledge and skills.