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Our Oceania | ‘To be Chamorro means to be proud of the land that you come from’

JANICE Pfeiffer; Familian Chungi’

What is your age, where do you live, and where did you/your family live in the Marianas before you moved? When did you/your family leave the Marianas?

41/ Virginia Beach, VA / Dededo, Guam / 2007.

What's your favorite Chamorro food?

Chicken kelaguin.

What does it mean to you to be Chamorro? Do you value your cultural identity? Why or why not?

To be Chamorro means to be proud of the land that you come from and to honor your home, family and its traditions no matter where you are.

What aspects of Chamorro culture do you identify with? What aspects of Chamorro culture do you not identify with?

The aspects of Chamorro culture I identify with is family, food, and the everyday mannerism and living of a Chamorro family. There is no aspect of Chamorro culture I do not identify with. I believe that if I feel and I can say I am proud and honored to be Chamorro then I live by the Chamorro culture, which is being proud of the people we are.

Do you (or do you plan to) raise your children to be Chamorro? How? Why?

My daughter is now 21 and although she was 10 when we left Guam, I have always instilled in her our traditions such as showing respect for elders, her parents, the food, the lifestyle, the feeling of being proud to be from a small community with big hearts that travel thousands of miles across countries and waters. She knows of the history, the fairytales, the Liberation, the everyday life. I continue to instill those things in her today and will continue to do so in the coming years.

How connected do you feel to what happens in the Marianas?

I feel very connected because of the social media outlets which allow so many different avenues to stay in touch.

Do you think you would ever live in the Marianas? Why or why not?

Absolutely. That’s is my home and I feel whole and complete when I’m there.

Desiree Wolford; Familian Castro, Toves, Quinata

What is your age, where do you live, and where did you/your family live in the Marianas before you moved? When did you/your family leave the Marianas?

54, Seagoville, TX, Talofofo, Guam 1987.

What's your favorite Chamorro food?

Kadu, keleguen, got lots of favorites.

What does it mean to you to be Chamorro? Do you value your cultural identity? Why or why not?

Diversity, yes belonging to something bigger than me: family, God and my island.

What aspects of Chamorro culture do you identify with? What aspects of Chamorro culture do you not identify with?

Family, food preserve our culture of being Chamorro even if we are not home..

Do you (or do you plan to) raise your children to be Chamorro? How? Why?

Yes, I have. They are 1/4 Chamorro and I have raised them with the same upbringing as my parents raised me.

How connected do you feel to what happens in the Marianas?

Somewhat connected, I come from a very large family and my family still lives there.

Do you think you would ever live in the Marianas? Why or why not?

Yes because I have brothers and sisters back home and no because my children has made a life out here and I don’t want to leave them.