Banzai Cliff
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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

Matai na Hilitai
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Matai na Hilitai

This was a picture from the trail at Pagat in 2013. There is no way I cannot feel philosophical about this sight. A hilitai, crushed and flattened into the earth. At a place no less which as been controversial for a variety of reasons the past few years. I find it particularly interesting since hilitai … 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