On that same 2015 CAHA grant project, Hongga Mo’na, we were able to interview Emily Guerrero Sablan, a CHamoru elder and bilingual educator of CHamoru indigenous language, culture, and natural resources.
What an amazing woman — an inspiration!
She is one of the few CHamoru people working at Litekyan (I believe the only one at the time of the interview) and has played a pivotal role in raising awareness about protecting that sacred ancestral and cultural space around Litekyan from environmental harm or destruction.
Prutehi Litekyan! Såtba Ritidian!
Dr. Kelly Marsh Taitano (a leader with the group Prutehi Litekyan), Maria Hernandez (also with Prutehi Litekyan and a descendant of some of the original landowners), Miget, and I wrote an article on the subject back in September to help to raise awareness about the precious resources and irreplaceable artifacts endangered by military expansionism in the area.
It is thanks to the wisdom of elders like Cinta Kaipat and Pete Perez of Pågan Watch, along with Emily Sablan, among many others who contribute so much to the cause, that we are able to move forward with a unified and powerful vision under their leadership to stand up for these islands and their indigenous people.