Everytime I go to an event on Guam, I always see so many people with cameras running around. Filming everything, taking pictures. But then as I go around the "Guam" corner of the internet or the "Chamorro" corner of the internet, I don't see any of these things. I don't see the pictures, the videos, nothing. What do people do with the hours and hours of video they have? What do they do with all the pictures they take? Its s a real shame since most of these people have way better cameras than mine.
For me though, there are so many things happening on Guam, and often times so little attention is given to them, even from people here. Often times, huge historic things will be taking place and people here will have no idea that they are going on. I guess when I upload my crappy videos of things happening on Guam, I'm doing my best to try and get the word and the visuals out to people.
Here are some recent videos that I've uploaded onto either my Youtube account or the Famoksaiyan Youtube page:
The concluding remarks of the lecture Islands Forced: The U.S. Marines Relocation Plan, Okinawas Anti Base Construction Movement and Its Implications for Guam and Okinawa, given by Hideki Yoshikawa, on March 9, 2009 at the UOG CLASS Conference.
Aaron Tamayo opening up the Sinangan-ta Outreach Program's Last Word Slam, on March 27, 2009
I inetnon (danderu) i che'lu-hu "Table For Five" dumandandan gi i 2nd Isla Art Festival giya UOG.
On February 17th, 2009 representatives of the Government of Guam Civilian Military Task Force, the Guam Legislature and representatives from different community groups gave presentations at the University of Guam Lecture Hall, highlighting what is currently being done in terms of ensuring that Guam is treated fairly by the proposed military buildup to the island which is scheduled to be completed by 2014, and also what isn't being done and what should be done. In this video scholar Nicole Santos is presenting and reading an excerpt from Lee Perez's article "Inside Out."
Human Rights and Peace Exhibit at the Agana Shopping Center, provided by the Soka Gakkai of Guam.
On January 30th, 2009 the remains of 88 Ancient Chamorros which were discovered and unearthed during the remodeling of the Fiesta Hotel in Tumon were re-interned at a small monument near the hotel's parking lot. A ceremony was held in their honor, asking forgiveness for the desecration and also to honor them in their reburial. In this video Ron Laguana is saying a prayer.
Introductory remarks of John Jackson at the January 2009 Agat JGPO community meeting. JGPO or the Joint Guam Program Office is the office responsible for the planning and implementing of the transfer of military forces from Okinawa, Japan to Guam by 2014. Most prominently this increase is the movement of 8,000 Marines and their families.
I Fanlailai'an chanting at the First Lunar Calendar Festival, held at the Fishermen's Co-op in Hagatna, Guam in January 2009.
"Mina'dos na Huntan Manamoru: Huntan i Manamoru ni' Pumetsisigi Dinitetminan Maisa." In this video Dr. Lisa Natividad is speaking at the Chamoru Summit II, held on October 25, 2008 at the University of Guam Lecture Hall. Dr. Natividad was one of the main organizers for this gathering.
In this video she is welcoming everyone to the meeting and providing some background on the first Chamoru Summit which took place in January of 2008.
Este na mubi ginnen i mina'dos na ha'anin i Tetset na Konfrensian Chamorro, masusedi giya Saipan, CNMI gi September 26-27, 2008. Gi este na mubi, Si Doktora Rita Inos kumuekuentos.
On November 20, 2008 representatives of the Government of Guam Civilian Military Task Force as representatives from different community groups gave presentations at the University of Guam Lecture Hall, highlighting what is currently being done in terms of ensuring that Guam is treated fairly by the proposed military buildup to the island which is scheduled to be completed by 2014, and also what isn't being done and what should be done.
On September 20, 2008 a historic event took place on Guam. For the first time in over two centuries a Chamorro made sakman canoe could be found in the waters around Guam.
The canoe and navigation tradition of Chamorros was intentionally wiped out by the Spanish in the early 18th century following the Chamorro-Spanish Wars. The creation of this sakman canoe, by a coalition of navigation groups called TASI, represents the exciting return and revival of a cultural form that colonialism deemed dangerous to its interests. This canoe and the revival it represents is decolonization in action. A refusal to let this form which was once so integral to Chamorro life, languish in archives, but become part of our contemporary existence.
The canoe which has been named Saina is set to make its maiden voyage to Rota sometime in the week after it was blessed.
In this video, Senator Ben Pangelinan is introducing the crew of the Saina.