17 Mar 2016
(Office of the CNMI Governor) — Gov. Ralph Torres lauded the efforts of Chamorro webisode project Ketungo’ Chamorro and reiterated the importance of supporting the Chamorro language and culture.
According to producer and director Valentina Rivera, the project will resume filming for its next segment this weekend at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.
The project, she says, calls for the promotion, practice, and preservation of the Chamorro language, which has received praise from Guam Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio.
Torres expressed that the Chamorro language is essential to cultural preservation.
“All efforts made in perpetuating our indigenous language must be commended because our culture is our identity. Using webisodes for a worldwide audience and especially those away from home is worthwhile. With tourism as our largest industry, celebrating who we are and documenting our culture to educate others are much needed in our community.” he said.
Recognizing the existent efforts of the Marianas Visitors Authority, the Humanities Council, the Commonwealth Arts Council for the Arts and the delegation for the upcoming Festival of Pacific Arts on Guam, Torres stated that preserving language and culture begins at home and from there, “we must support and encourage the promotion, practice and preservation of the language and restore and revitalize it before it is lost.”
The project employs a certified Chamorro language expert to teach cultural and language lessons and encourages audience’s participation within the show.
“From parents to children, the content will be geared toward obtaining and expanding their views of the Chamorro language and history…which will be properly overviewed and delivered in the best format possible,” Rivera said.
The pilot episode was funded by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and now relies on community and business sponsorship to continue its educational program for a 20-episode season. The proposed series includes lessons focusing on different subjects such as the Chamorro alphabet, numbers, vocabulary words, poems, short stories, and local legends.
“Let’s Learn Chamorro” webisodes are available on www.riverspictures.com/.
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