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March 31, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

Ep. 143 “Decolonization through the Cultural Fine Arts and Indigenous Language Revitalization”

(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 ( and Vince Reyes ( 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.

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March 12, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

Ep. 142 “Her Stories - Women In the Military”

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Joy White) was recorded 3/1/13 and airs 3/8/13.

In recognition of Women’s History Month, this episode features excerpts of two presentations from the 7th Annual Women Veterans Conference held March 1, 2013 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort and an interview with a conference participant and scholar who is conducting research on Chamorro women in the military. This conference was sponsored by the Guam Vet Center, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, West Care Pacific Islands, and the Bureau of Women’s Affairs-Guam Department of Labor, Agency for Human Resources Development.

We begin with Catherine N. Illarmo (, overall conference chair and recently retired Guam Vet Center leader, who briefly discusses the history of the conference, which she initiated, and the significance of the 2013 conference theme, “She Served, She Deserves - Enhancing Accessibility to Services.”

The invocation and keynote speech were given by Lt. Col. Donnette A. Boyd (email unavailable) who reflects on her experience in the military, from beginning as a member of a fighter squadron to becoming Wing Chaplain, 36th Wing, at Anderson Air Force Base-Guam. She places her personal story within the social history of women in the military, highlights some challenges of being in a male dominated profession, and shares three lessons for success that she learned from her mother, a Jamaican immigrant.

This past week Guam and the Northern Marianas bid farewell to nearly 600 soldiers who left for training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi before being deployed in April to Kabul and various forward operating bases in Afghanistan. According to the Guam Army National Guard, 50+ or 8 percent of this deployment are women. In another conference presentation, Angelina Quinene (, Chamorro wife, mother of four/grandmother of eight, and Guam Army National Guard veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007-2008 shares her experience “Moving Forward Into Recovery” from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and military sexual trauma with help provided by a Women’s Combat Trauma Center in Palo Alto, California.

We conclude with an interview with Ms. Ruth Craft ( a PhD candidate in American Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa, who is recruiting participants for ethnographic research on Chamorro women in the military. She lived on Guam twice previously, first as the child of a US Navy service member in the 60‘s then as a US Navy wife in the 90’s.

Music selection: “Sister Soldier” by Randy Crenshaw and Buckskin (1990)

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March 10, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

Ep. 141 “I Sakman Chamorro: Planning the Pacific Crossing Home”

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Joy White) was recorded 10/22/12 and airs 3/1/13.

In recognition of Chamorro Month, this episode features interviews regarding I Sakman Chamorro, a trans-local project to build and sail a 47 foot single outrigger canoe from San Diego to the Marianas, a 6200 nautical mile journey to begin at the end of this year. This canoe is made from a 125 foot redwood tree and is a replica of an ancient Chamorro ‘flying proa’ which last sailed in 1742. This Pacific crossing is intended to honor Chamorro ancestors who were canoe builders, sailors and navigators and to promote the reclaiming and revival of seafaring knowledge and traditions.

Program guests are Mario Reyes Borja, who led the construction of I Sakman Chamorro in San Diego and Ron Acfalle, a Guam resident who helped to construct a smaller canoe, I Saina, which he sailed to the island of Luta (Rota) and back in 2009. Both are also involved in the Guma Sakman Project to build a A-frame canoe house at Ypao Beach to teach canoe building and to showcase I Sakman Chamorro after its arrival on Guam. This interview was recorded October 22, 2012 when Mr. Borja was on Guam to recruit his nine-member crew and to plan this Pacific crossing.

Mario Borja ( is a Chamorro from the Mariana Islands, a culturalist, craftsman, amateur historian, and retired member of the US Air Force with a speciality in avionics and space surveillance. He resides in San Diego where he is an active member of the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club and CHELU, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to “educating the Chamorro people and the public in the preservation of our native language, heritage and culture; advocating to improve our population’s health, wellness and well-being; and creating, building and strengthening self-sustainability within the Chamorro community.” Mr. Borja’s reconstruction of lost history and I Sakman Chamorro project is the subject of a documentary short film entitled “Magellan Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” which debuted on island last August at the 2012 Guam International Film Festival.

Ron Acfalle ( is a native son of the village of Malesso (Merizo), a contractor, and a former ROTC cadet and US Marine. He has been involved in teaching Guam youth about traditional Chamorro culture for more than 25 years. He is a former vice president for the TASI seafaring organization and founder and past president of TASA (Traditions Affirming Our Seafaring Ancestry). He is also a pioneer of the TaoTao Tano Chamorro Cultural Dance Group formed in 1984 and represented Guam at the 2004 Festival of the Pacific in Palau. He performs Chamorro chants and dances regularly at the Lina’la’ Chamorro Cultural Village in Tumon where he also led the construction of the traditional huts featured there.

Song selections: Guiya Mana’takaka ilo’ (He Was Made High), a tribute to sailors and navigators, recorded live for this episode on 2/28/13 at the Lina’la’ Chamorro Cultural Village and Hunggan Magahit (Yes It is True), a song about i sakman, which Mario Borja co-wrote and produced with Ben “Maga Lahi’ Lizama, January 2012.

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