Buenas yan håfa adai todu hamyu!
It has been some time since the last update but our guma’ remains standing tall! In light of our recent and current events, the group has participated in community outreaches that have been hosted as in-person events. One of which was a public workshop titled “Mamfok Ginen i Kurason” or its English translation “Weaving From the Heart”. This weaving workshop was hosted by Tony Mantanona, the cultural director at the Valley of the Latte located on Guam. The weaving workshop was hosted at the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club in San Diego and open to anyone with the curiosity and drive to learn. Uncle Tony blessed us with his expertise in creating several woven creations. Some of these include katupåts (rice container), estreyas (stars), and roses. The workshop was open for all ages ranging from five years to even the young, golden years of fifty (and beyond). The reception of this event was a great success and many people enjoyed the experience of his knowledge and presence. It was truly a welcoming environment from both ends!
As many places and events are slowly starting to open up, the group is making its re-emergence for in-person events after the two years we’d participated in mainly virtual events. The goal of Imåhen Taotao Tåno’ continues to be our strong perpetuation of the CHamoru culture through song, language, and dance. The group was honored to be selected as a part of a fundraising event for BLISS Senior Care Foundation at the Mission Realty Group in Santee. One of the goals of this organization is providing affordable accommodations for one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations: the elderly. It was a luau-style event where our members presented a special showcase to BLISS sponsors, donors, and community partners who attended the event.
With the year at its halfway point, there are many other activities and events that Imåhen Taotao Tåno’ looks forward to being a part of. Be on the lookout for anything in the future! Some notable public events are the House of Chamorro Grand Opening at Balboa Park on August 20 and the Pacific Islander Festival on September 24-25!
Si yu’us ma’ase and remember to stay safe!