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December 16, 2016 @ 8:53 am

Ep. 253 “Lina’la, i Hanom (Water is Life): Guåhan Stands with Standing Rock”

Ep. 253 “Lina’la, i Hanom (Water is Life):  Guåhan Stands with Standing Rock”  (hosted by Moñeka De Oro and produced by Tom Maxedon) airs 12/16/16.  

In solidarity with the ‘water protectors’ of Standing Rock in North Dakota, a women-led group of concerned Guåhan citizens is hosting a series of Lina’la, i Hanom  (Water is Life) local fundraising events this month. A community wave was held December 9 at Kepuha Loop in Hagatna followed the next morning with a prayer ceremony at the Guam National Wildlife Refuge in Ritidian, adjacent to Anderson Air Force Base.  Tomorrow, December17, a live music and art action will be held from 2-6 p.m. at Sagan Kotturu  CHamoru, Ypao Point, Tamuning. These events  are intended to offer prayers for the continued protection of Standing Rock and all native lands and waters everywhere, and to raise funds for the legal fees incurred fighting the pipeline.  Funds will also be donated to support the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock.  

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests, started in early 2016, has grown into the thousands, drawing support from Native Americans from across the continent and the Pacific, as well as activists who joined in solidarity to protest the proposed route of the 1,172-mile pipeline. If constructed, the pipeline would threaten the water supply, destroy ancestral lands, and have harmful impacts on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Last week these prayerful protests won a concession from the federal government: The Army Corps of Engineers announced it would deny the permit necessary to build the oil pipeline in that area and recommended that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be conducted to explore alternate routes for the pipeline. Now, with the onset of winter,  the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota is asking people camping near the route to go home. However, the ‘water protectors’ wish to maintain a sustainable community at the camp.

The movement in Guam and the Northern Marianas to protect ancestral CHamoru lands and waters from the damaging effects of the military buildup is viewed as connected with the movement at Standing Rock; both movements share concerns about the viability of National Environmental Policy  Act (NEPA) and the EIS process under a Trump administration.

This 30 minute episode features audio clips featuring Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, and chants performed by Ininan I Sainata, Irensia Taotao Tåno and Taotao Lagu at the December 10 Lina’la, i Hanom  (Water is Life) prayer ceremony event recorded for this program and brief interviews with Cali Fejerang and Crystal Gingras.

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December 7, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

Ep. 252 “Study Abroad through iSchool Guam: Oral Traditions, Knowledge and Science”

Ep. 252 “Study Abroad through iSchool Guam: Oral Traditions, Knowledge and Science” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames and produced by Tom Maxedon) airs 12/2/16.  

From August 25-September 18, a diverse group of eight undergraduate and graduate students were in Guam for a five credit three week introductory course to indigenous knowledge systems and the oral traditions of Pacific Islanders offered for the first time by the University of Washington, School of Information. Through lectures, readings, discussions, field visits and Chamorro and cultural activities, these students explored the concept of information within oral traditions and the relationship to contemporary notions of knowledge and science.

The first half of this episode features an interview (recorded 9/19) with the course professor, Dr. Sheryl Day, who completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Washington and is now a senior instructor and researcher interested in the relationship of people, information, and technology. She was born and raised in Guam and is part of a growing diaspora of Chamorro academics contributing to scholarship on indigenous methodologies. She discusses her personal and academic background, her dissertation entitled “Talking Story: The Militarization of Guahan and Flows of Information in Chamoru Systems of Knowledge” and the backstory to this iSchool Guam study abroad course.   

This is followed in the second half by the commentaries (recorded 9/17) of the three graduate students who participated in this course:  Nikki Andrews,  Maori from New Zealand, who is studying Library Science; Angie Lyons, who is interested in digital communication and the empowerment of nonprofit organizations who work with economically ‘disprivileged’ communities; and Annie Tucker,  a former Peace Corps volunteer with a family legacy of military service. Each shares her personal background in relationship to ‘the fence’, motivation for taking this course, highlights of the Guam experience, and the focus of her final class presentation.  As a framework for discussing Chamoru decolonization projects, students drew from the book, Decolonizing Methdologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, a professor of indigenous education at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

This episode concludes with a Chamorro spiritual chant I Fa'fa'na'gue-ta honoring a teacher of traditional arts, performed by the I Fanlalai’an Chant Group.

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