Act of Decolonization: Hugua
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Act of Decolonization: Hugua

We often conceive of colonization as being a formal process involving militaries, governments and treaties. These things all play essential roles in creating a colony, but the process for colonization is always far more complicated than this. Those who are seeking to understand colonialism and also create possibilities for decolonization must not focus solely on … Continue reading

Herreron Chamoru
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Herreron Chamoru

My grandfather, Tun Jack Lujan, passed away a little more than a year ago at the age of 94. He was recognized for decades in the Pacific (and elsewhere) as a Master of Chamorro culture through his work in perpetuating aspects of traditional Chamorro blacksmithing. He received numerous local and regional awards, lao i mas … Continue reading

Protest Culture
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Protest Culture

When the protest group Nasion Chamoru first emerged decades ago it created a conflict in the minds of people on Guam. On the one hand you had a group of people who were emphatically embodying “Chamorro” things. They were speaking Chamorro, fighting for Chamorro lands and Chamorro rights, and even sometimes sported ancient Chamorro jewelry. … Continue reading

Decolonizing Death
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Decolonizing Death

People ask me all the time what decolonization means. I have a variety of answers and it depends really on the context. Are they speaking to me in a political context? Or is it cultural? Linguistic? Economic? Spiritual? People will conceive of decolonization different based on their particular interests or their set of phobias. Many … Continue reading

Adios Tun Jack
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Adios Tun Jack

Matai i tatan bihu-hu, Si Tun Jack Lujan gi ma’pos na simana. Gof matungo’ gui’ giya Guahan komo herreron tradisionat Chamorro. Mafa’na’gue gui’ ni’ tata-na antes di gera, ya guiya ha’ kumatga i tiningo’ yan kustumbre mo’na anai makpo’ i gera. Ha fa’na’gue mas ki kinse na estudiante kontodu Guahu yan i che’lu-hu. Antes di … Continue reading