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FAMALAO’AN CHAMORU

HIGHLIGHTS OF RESISTANCE
By: Michael Lujan Bevacqua, PhD
Democracy and Community
When the Spanish priests first began to colonize Guam in the 17th century, they were appalled by the social power women held in Chamoru society as compared with their own patriarchal society. 
 
 
 

Håyi Gayu Mu? Voting in Guåhan

ESSAY | REFLECTION
By: Desiree Taimanglo Ventura
Democracy and Community
Look closely at election signs when November rolls around. In addition to awkward headshots and strange graphic design, you will find powerful evidence of indigenous collective values that benefit, not just the individual, but the entire family/clan.  
 
 
 

I Talen Mañaina-ta

ESSAY | EDUCATION
By: Laura M. Torres Souder, PhD
Democracy and Community
Maila mågi, famagu’on i achaguåfak-hu. Ekongok yu’. Hagas ha’ manggaigi i taotao-ta guini na tåno’. Manaotao tåno’ hit. Ni’ ngai’an na u ma funas i fino’-ta yan i tiningo’-ta yanggen un go’ti ya un na’metgot i talen mañaina-mu.
 
 
 

I Talen Mañaina-ta - English-CHamoru version

ESSAY | EDUCATION
By: Laura M. Torres Souder, PhD
Democracy and Community
Maila mågi, famagu’on i achaguåfak-hu. Ekongok yu’. Hagas ha’ manggaigi i taotao-ta guini na tåno’. Manaotao tåno’ hit. Ni’ ngai’an na u ma funas i fino’-ta yan i tiningo’-ta yanggen un go’ti ya un na’metgot i talen mañaina-mu.
 
 
 

The Woman Behind the Scenes

ESSAY | REFLECTION
By: Leiana San Agustin Naholowa’a
Democracy and Community
No matter what political status our people choose, there will be efforts to care for the community by elected officials operating within the kinds of democratic structures and systems of governance that exist today. The work of winning a political campaign is vast, and behind every successful politician in Guåhan is a lot of money, an extended clan network, or the kind of support that is found in a spouse or life partner.