LETTER TO THE EDITOR
FestPac is important
By Judy Flores
Printed December 3, 2019
I grew up in Inalåhan in the 1950s when historical knowledge was
limited to the celebration of our American heritage, where we studied
American heroes such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The
CHamoru people were proud of their Spanish heritage, where white skin
and long noses were signs of beauty. Ancient times were referred to as
“tiempon antis de mannungu’ hit” or the time before we had knowledge.
Schools celebrated international cultures instead of our own CHamoru
culture. In sixth grade, our CHamoru principal taught our class a short
hula dance where we wore muumuu dresses and kept rhythm with bamboo
whisks while a hula-trained classmate danced to the tune of “My Little
Brown Gal”. During family parties, old people danced the batsu and sotis
while we youngsters giggled at them. The jukebox at the store next door
The Guam Museum is organizing a retrospective of my art and
history/cultural work, opening October 17, 2019. I would dearly love to
see art that you own! Please message us with your photos and let me
know your story behind it!
Above: PALAU CHIEF, 1978, inspired by
photographs of Carlos Viti published in PDN; BILEMBAOTUYAN MASTER JESUS
CRISOSTOMO, 1984; FIESTA TABLE, 1987.