March 31, 2013 @ 4:11 pm
(hosted by Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero and Dr. Michael Bevacqua with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Joy White) airs 3/22/13.
In recognition of Chamorro Month 2013, this episode examines comparative strategies for decolonization through the cultural fine arts and indigenous language revitalization.
Southern High School is on its way to becoming Guam's first Cultural Fine Arts Academy. In the first half of this episode, Victoria Lola Leon Guerrero interviews Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Vince Reyes (email@example.com). As part of efforts to renovate the school's inoperable auditorium, Superintendent Fernandez envisions a new direction for the facility and the school: to become a place for students to learn about their culture and express it through the arts. He shares his vision for Southern High and describes the efforts made to develop the school's Cultural Fine Arts Program. (Date of interview?)
In October, Vince Reyes, who founded the internationally acclaimed CHamoru dance group Inetnon Gef Pa'go, was reassigned from Inarajan Middle School to Southern High School to help develop a fine arts program. Since then, Mr. Reyes has been working with students at the school to create a performing group of dancers. He is also teaching Cultural and Traditional Dance to freshmen. He discusses his work at Southern and the possibilities that will come from this new Cultural Fine Arts Program. (date of interview?)
Song selection: Ginen Hågu sung by Inetnon Gef Pågo Tuninos, Southern High School's Cultural Dance Group.
In the second half of this episode, Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua interviews Shinako Oyakawa Akamine (insert email address), an Okinawan decolonization and language revitalization activist. Shinako is currently a graduate student at Ryukyu University where she studies uchinaguchi, or the indigenous language of Central and Southern Okinawa. Guam and Okinawa's history have many parallels, including periods where the language and culture of the native people were prohibited and denigrated by colonizers. Both also feature community efforts to revitalize their languages and bring them back to a healthy state. Shinako-san is the coordinator for Islander Language School in Ginowan City, where Okinawan elders teach parents and their young children to speak uchinoguchi. This interview was recorded while Dr. Bevacqua was attending the Island Language Revitalization Symposium at Ryukyu University in March 2013.