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Indigenous Affairs Office collects oral history

THE Indigenous Affairs Office has started collecting oral accounts of Chamorro traditions and culture.

IAO Resident Executive Roman Tudela Jr. said they are interviewing elders on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

Roman Tudela Jr

“We are trying to get as much information from as many of our manamko’. Unfortunately, they feel uncomfortable and uneasy to be interviewed with a video recorder so we use an audio recorder so as not to disrupt the flow of the conversation,” he added.

Tudela said the oral accounts are about language, culture, traditional tools, traditional architectural designs and other related topics.

The information will then be compiled and presented to the elders for verification, he added.

“We will not just take information,” Tudela said. “We will check and cross-check all the things that they say.”

He said the collection of oral accounts is in line with the IAO’s ongoing collaboration with the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and the Carolinian Affairs Office.

The IAO and the CAO have been hosting an annual Chamorro and Carolinian identity conference since 2017. The third conference is set for Sept. 26, 2019.

Tudela said the first and second conferences were focused on the revival of Chamorro and Carolinian identities.

The third conference will discuss incorporating local traditions in daily activities and showcasing them in community events.