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Indigenous Affairs to conduct more research on Chamorro warrior Ladahao

INDIGENOUS Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela and 500 Sails led the renaming ceremony for a 41-foot canoe at the Garapan Fishing Base on Saturday evening during the Lunar New Year Party.

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Indigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. speaks during the renaming of a 41-foot Chamorro canoe at Garapan Fishing Base on Saturday evening.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. LirioIndigenous Affairs Office Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. speaks during the renaming of a 41-foot Chamorro canoe at Garapan Fishing Base on Saturday evening. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio
Roberta L, which was donated to 500 Sails by Thomas Greg Ray, is now also known as Ladahao.

“500 Sails wanted it to have a local name so that it represents the Chamorro race,” Tudela said in an interview. “They reached out to the Indigenous Affairs Office and asked if we could provide a name.”

He said it was Cris Ogo, the IAO’s program manager, who recommended Ladahao.

“He was a Maga’lahi warrior and a spiritual leader. Many do not know anything about him,” Tudela said. “We don’t have tons of information about him. We conducted research and found out that he was able to heal people. We have not found more information. Our office will do more research,” he added.

“We will probably hire professional services or ask our historians. I am sure there are lots of books out there about this subject. I know Northern Marianas College has 20 volumes of the history of the Marianas and that is probably a place where we can start.”

Tudela said Ladahao is a fitting name for the 41-foot canoe. “The canoe was made in the U.S., but the model for it was a traditional Chamorro sakman.”