Living by the Light of the Moon
by Lacee Martinez
Guam's ancient seafaring people also relied on moon phases to guide their lives, says John Calvo, a local fishing advocate.
Chamorro traditions and cultural values have evolved from these
practices that encourage living in respect and harmony with the island
environment," he says.
the continuing connection between life and the moon on Sunday at the
6th annual Gupot Fanha'aniyan Pulan CHamoru, or the Chamorro Lunar
Guam Fishermen's Cooperative Association, with support of various
agencies and groups, will hold a celebration at the cooperative's
grounds beside the Chamorro Village and Greg D. Perez Marina in Hagåtña
day packed with cultural activities, local crafts, fruits and
vegetables for sale, while picking up your copy of the new calendar.
Chamorro Lunar Calendar Committee, under the auspices of the Western
Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, will be distributing one
calendar per family at the event, which features the moon phases in the
Chamorro language, the Guam tide charts and fishing seasons.
year's festival theme is "Tinilaikan Klema yan Inirensian Lugat:
Direcho yan Opbligasion," or "Climate Change and Traditional Places:
Rights and Responsibilities."
theme encourages discussion on how climate change impacts our Chamorro
culture and traditional places," says Calvo, who also is coordinating
the event. "Traditional knowledge and cultural practices promote
sustainable use of natural resources through cultural rights and
responsibilities, as mandated by our Chamorro cultural values. The lunar
movement directs the life cycles of the flora and fauna of the land and
ocean and central to life in our islands. The practice of culture and
traditions has provided the people of the Marianas resiliency and
ensured the availability of food through sound traditional management of
public can observe a traditional underground oven preparation during
one of the highlights of the event. The chinahan ceremony will feature
fish and starch crops, including yams, breadfruit and taro, being placed
in the chåhan, or underground oven. The feast will be unearthed at 4
p.m. and shared with the public in the spirit of the Chamorro culture,
festival also will feature displays, demonstrations, exhibits and live
entertainment by local artisans, much of it done in Chamorro.
Bring some cash to purchase the various crafts, locally grown produce, foods and other items up for sale at the event.