Water/Ways Featured Exhibition


presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service


Hita I Hanom, We Are Water

presented by Humanities Guåhan
On view at the Guam Museum
August 31, 2017 – October 29, 2017
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
193 Chalan Santo Papa Juan Pablo Dos, Hagåtña, GU 96910
Water|Ways is the fifth Smithsonian exhibition Humanities Guåhan has brought to Guam, as part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. Water|Ways explores water as an important element of culture and an environmental necessity in diverse communities throughout the United States. The exhibit delves into water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, its impact on culture and spirituality, the ways in which political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources, and how human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.
In tandem with the national Water|Ways exhibit, Humanities Guåhan developed Hita I Hanom, We Are Water, an exhibition that explores water’s multifaceted and unique place in our complex island society. Hita I Hanom, We Are Water draws together our island’s historians, scientists, artists, engineers, master cultural practitioners, community organizers, and diverse community members to examine the significance of hånom in our lives. The exhibit displays a wide range of mediums and means of expression—including photography, paintings, thematic text panels, jewelry, murals, model outrigger canoes, ancient fishhooks, coral specimens, and carvings—demonstrating the expansive diversity and depth of our many connections to water. Flowing into the stories of our island’s past, nourishing our present and determining our sense of the future, hånom binds us and strengthens us all as an island community. 
For exhibit community programs, admission is free, with the exception of the Snorkel Intro class on September 17. For regular admission to Water|Ways and Hita I Hanom, We Are Water at the Guam Museum, the admission fee is $3 for adults, $1 for students with a school ID, $2 for pre-arranged group tour members, and free for children under 6 years old, senior citizens and Guam Museum members.