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Monday, February 26, 2018

Presentation Abstracts (as of Jan. 17, 2018)

Preservation of Heritage Materials within Joint Region Marianas
W. Shawn Arnold
This presentation discusses preservation activities occurring in the Joint Region Marianas area of responsibility.
Mr. Arnold completed his B.A at the University of West Florida in maritime studies with a focus on underwater archaeology of Spanish colonization shipwrecks. He then received a M.A. in maritime archaeology from Flinders’ University in South Australia. His research interests focus on Spanish colonization of the Pacific and WWII amphibious invasion beaches throughout the Pacific Region. He worked as a contract archaeologist with various companies before joining the Navy’s cultural resource team. Presently he is the designated regional cultural resource manager for Joint Region Marianas.
Cultural/Historical Resources on Guam: US Department of Defense Preservation Actions
Ronnie Rogers

This will be a slideshow presentation highlighting DoD efforts under the 2011 PA to identify and manage historic resources that might be impacted by Military Relocation to Guam and the CNMI. The presentation will feature examples of programs designed to mitigate impacts of the Relocation and will feature several photographs of important historic resources on Guam along with case studies related to the mitigations stipulated in the 2011 PA.



My interest in historic preservation began with an archaeological field school in 1977. Intermittent opportunities to participate in fieldwork followed for the next 10 years, with work for private contractors, academic institutions, and state and federal agencies. On receiving a Master’s Degree, I began working as a project manager for a private consulting firm, but soon accepted a position in a State Historic Preservation Office, where I ran a state-wide program providing archaeological services on State Parks, Historic Sites, and Wildlife Management Areas. In 2005, I received a call from a friend working in Palau, who told me about a position with the CNMI SHPO. His enticement included the leading statement “would you like to work in paradise?” How could I not apply. I served in the CNMI HPO for five years as the staff archaeologist and for a while as the Acting Director. After my time in CNMI, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I received another call from Guam informing me of an opening related to the Military Relocation project. So, after serving 17 years in State Historic Preservation Offices, I moved to Guam to take a position as Cultural Resource Specialist/Acting CRM for what was then called the “Guam Build-up.” My position here on Guam for the past 7 years has been and continues to be to ensure that the provisions of the 2011 Programmatic Agreement are met.




Cultural/Historical Resources on Guam: US Department of Defense Preservation Actions
Sandy Lee Yee

This presentation describes and illustrates the many actions taken by the Federal Government to preserve historic properties on Guam (before, during, and beyond the current Build-Up) to fulfill Federal and Local laws, as well as for due diligence as stewards of the land.



I completed my B.A. degree (double major) with honors, at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in Anthropology and Geography, and my M.A. at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in Cultural Geography, with several years of archaeological fieldwork and summer field school there. During this time I worked with Dr. Fred Reinman on his survey of Guam archaeological sites, under the Bishop Museum, as well as with Dr. T. Birkedal of the University of Guam on the Pagat site. I then was Curator of Anthropology for the Dayton Museum of Natural History in Dayton, Ohio also the Manager for the archaeological site/museum of SunWatch Indian Village run by the Dayton Society of Natural History, for 2+ years. I returned to Guam to manage the Guam office of International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII) for 10 years, managing, participating in, and reporting on the primary surveys for the Guam Build-Up on Tinian, Saipan, and Guam. I am now an archaeologist with the Navy under MCAG, where I train contractors in cultural awareness, perform site checks in the field before, during and after Marine construction for the Build-Up, answer calls to check on unanticipated cultural discoveries in the field, as well as serving as the Navy’s Liaison to the Guam SHPO for 20 hours per week, assisting with their Historic Preservation Plan and their Guam Historic Properties Inventory.



Parks as Classrooms: Teaching through Place-Based Learning on Guam

Jaclyn Z. Balajadia & Amanda O'Brien

During World War II, Guam bore witness to violent battles that impacted not only the American and Japanese soldiers, but also the Chamoru people. American forces invaded these then Japanese-controlled islands and desperate civilians were caught between the opposing forces. Many lost their lives, villages were leveled, and fierce fighting left deep scars on the land and people. Today, Guam has memorials and a national park that maintains former battlefields, gun emplacements, trenches, and historic structures, which all serve as silent reminders of the bloody World War II battles. 

For the past seven years, the Pacific Historic Parks Education Team has worked successfully with park rangers to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of those participating in the campaigns of the Pacific Theater of World War II and to conserve and interpret outstanding natural, scenic, and historic values and objects on the island of Guam for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. Together, we conduct a variety of educational programs that include outreach presentations at schools, guided tours of museums and historical battle sites, teacher education workshops, snorkeling summer camps, weekend river programs, and history alive performances.

This presentation will also highlight one of our educational programs, titled “Day at the Museum: Preservation in Action.” Pacific Historic Parks received a grant from the Guam Preservation Trust to implement a new Service-Learning project that integrates fine art/ theatre into schools’ core curricula through encouraging the island youths, their families, and the community to engage with the stories of people during World War II on Guam. Guam’s rich history comes to life in a personal way by highlighting the lives of people from Guam who played pivotal role in the Pacific theater of World War II.

War in the Pacific National Historical Park offers a continuum of education programs that serve Guam’s youth throughout their formative years, thus ensuring the preservation and protection of its history and culture for those that follow. Pacific Historic Parks has reached and continues to impact thousands of people every year through various education programs and outreach throughout the CNMI and Guam.

Pacific Historic Parks is a non-profit organization that was established in 1979 and works in partnership with the War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam to engage youth in reflecting on the lessons learned from World War II in the Pacific. The mission of Pacific Historic Parks is to support National Park Service sites in the education, preservation, development, and interpretation of World War II in the Pacific and other Pacific historic sites. Japanese 
soldiers, but also the Chamoru people. American forces invaded these then Japanese-controlled islands and desperate civilians were caught between the opposing forces. Many lost their lives, villages were leveled, and fierce fighting left deep scars on the land and people. Today, Guam has memorials and a national park that maintains former battlefields, gun emplacements, trenches, and historic structures, which all serve as silent reminders of the bloody World War II battles. 



Jaclyn Balajadia is the Pacific Historic Parks Education Manager and oversees the education programs at War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam and American Memorial Park in Saipan. She is a certified Master Educator in Secondary Social Studies and serves as the coordinator and instructor of the bi-annual Guam Teacher Workshop, which trains K-12 teachers to utilize place-based learning at historic sites on Guam. Balajadia holds an MA in the Teaching of Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Amanda O’Brien is an Education Assistant at Pacific Historic Parks. She is the project coordinator for the recent Museum Theatre Service Learning Project, Day at the Museum: Preservation in Action, in which youth bring WWII era historical figures of Guam to life. She graduated with her degree in Anthropological Archaeology and Early American History from the University of Michigan in 2006. O’Brien has previously worked as an Interpreter of African American History at Colonial Williamsburg, a Museum Educator at the Atlanta History Center, and a Park Ranger at War in the Pacific National Historical Park.



Building Resilience of Communities Across Micronesia to Climate Change

Mae Burton-Adams


Measurably improving the adaptive capacity of communities in 10 target sites across Melanesia and Micronesia through the implementation of locally-
The Project strengthens community and ecosystem resilience by: 
actions to: 1) reduce their vulnerability to climate change; 2) demonstrate success; and 3) share lessons with neighboring island communities and governments at local, national and regional scales.


Strengthening capacity at the national and sub-national levels of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Papua New Guinea to develop, implement, and evaluate adaptation policies based on lessons learned and informed by community-led ecosystem-based adaptation.
The project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.



Mae Bruton-Adams, is the Program Manager for the Nature Conservancy, managing a German-funded project across Micronesia and Melanesia. Mae has been working on climate change issues across the region and has been working in the international space highlighting climate change issues in the Pacific. Mae is the co-founder of the longest running newspaper in the Federated States of Micronesia - the Keselehlie Press, and the founder of a newly founded fitness club, the Micronesia Fitness Club, which advocates for healthy living in Micronesia, through life-styles changes focused on eating right and exercising. Mae is also the French Honorary Consul to the Federated States of Micronesia. More recently, Mae has authored and co-authored poems related to women empowerment.


Preserving our Past: Documenting the lives of our Ancestors   (Cancelled 1.17.18)

Jillette Leon-Guerrero


Much of the information found in family trees come from oral accounts. We know who our parents and grandparents are. The sad fact is that many of the greatest generation born in the late 1800s, do not know who their great-grandparents are. As time marches on, without documentation,

This workshop will introduce the audience to getting started in documenting their family tree with evidence 
is very possible that our descendants may not know who their great-grandparents are. 

While many family trees can be found, many of them do not include evidence to verify the information gathered. Sad to say that much of the information contained in and other genealogical 
databases does not contain documented evidence to support the lineages presented. While this does not necessarily mean that the information is incorrect, it means that the serious researcher will have to find evidence to verify or refute the information. If the information is documented, then the researcher has a starting point to continue the research and can hopefully learn more about any particular ancestor.

Attendees will learn basic techniques in researching, documenting and presenting evidence to support their family trees. 

Note: Attendees should bring a copy of their family tree [if they have one] and a laptop computer to access online databases.



Jillette Leon-Guerrero has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Guam, an MA in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and certificates in Genealogical Research from Boston University and the National Institute on Genealogical Research. She currently is the President of Guamology Inc., a Guam-based publishing company which has published 10 local books/publications to date. She also provides consulting services for, the War in the Pacific National Historical Park and various other Guam organizations. Active in community service organizations, Leon-Guerrero currently serves as the Vice Chair of the University of Guam’s Board of Regents; is the Registrar of the Mariana Islands Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a Past-President and Historian of the Guam Women’s Club and a member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. 

Leon-Guerrero began researching her family tree for her mother over twenty years ago to verify family stories that she was related to Richard Wagner, the German composer. Her interest in genealogy has expanded to her paternal Leon Guerrero line and DNA research. She is especially interested in trying to find a link between families of the early Spanish colonial period and possible descendants in modern-day Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

She recently completed a television special documenting the search for “John Paris”, a resident of Guam who left the island in the late 1800s and settled in Kauai, Hawai’i. The documentary is viewable online at

Leon-Guerrero is a resident of Agana Heights, Guam and is married to Jean Lescure. She is the proud mother of two sons, Christopher and Island, and grandmother to two grandsons, Christian and Chauncey.


Teach, Prepare, & Inspire: A Community-Based Directed Archaeology

Joe Quinata


The first community-based archaeology on Guam was conducted in the village of Humåtak and amazing transformations have taken effect with Humåtak youth and archaeology in the village is embraced.
Humåtak Heritage Youth will present their amazing experience and their journey in knowing much more about their village history through archaeology.


1. Jaren Aguon
2. Mikaela Aguon
3. Tyler Aguon
4. Troy Cruz
5. Ben Quinata 
6. Lazaro Quinata
7. Samaria Quinata
8. Xavier Quinata
9. Detra Santiago
10. Gabriela Topasña

The Humåtak Heritage Youth Mentors have been with the Humatak Community Foundation since its inception in 2011 and range from ages 12 – 25 years. All have volunteered their time to assist in the teaching and learning of Humåtak’s history, cultural, and environmental stewardship to a total of about 50 – 60 youth from the village of Humatak. They lead other Heritage Youth as docents and guides to the Humåtak Heritage Walking Tour, Ridge to Reef Conservation Awareness and Outreach, Coral Growing, and Tree Planting Legacy.










Respecting the Past while Designing the Future of the Guam Congress Building

Richard Reed & Tony Kim


The architectural design for the Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Guam Congress Building incorporated The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation and the US Green Building Councils LEED Certification. The Guam Legislature was awarded the USGBC's highest rating, LEED Platinum, the only building on Guam to achieve this distinction to date.



Richard Reed and Tony Kim are principals at RNK Architects.


A Dog, a Ring and Fallen Trees

Richard Olmo
In July 2016 the Andersen Air Force Base archaeologist undertook a quality control reconnaissance on a small parcel of land adjacent to the WWII-era, Northwest Field. Several archaeological sites had already been identified on the parcel and these were verified by the archaeologist with no new sites being found during the reconnaissance. However, a new isolated find was made, comprised of a Cant Dog and Toe Ring. These were parts of a compound tool used in the timber industry and appear to be the first artifacts of their kind reported onisland. Furthermore, this tool may be evidence of a specific historic event chronicled in Pascual Artero’s autobiography involving the Japanese Command during WWII.


Richard Olmo has worked as an archaeologist on Guam since 1992. He taught for 15 years at both the University of Guam and the University of Maryland University College. He has served on the Boards of the Guam Historic Preservation Trust and the Guam Museum. He also worked as a consultant with the Guam State Historic Preservation Office for many years. He is currently the Cultural Resource Manager for Andersen Air Force Base.


Valley of the Latte

Dave Tydingco

To share the vision and mission of the Valley of the Latte as a means to celebrate our history and culture, and share the natural beauty of our island with people of all ages.


David B. Tydingco is Managing Director and Owner of Valley of the Latte llc. He previously served as Senior Vice President for a real estate development firm, as the President and CEO of the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association (GHRA) from 1994 to 2006, and General Manager and Chief Executive Officer for the Port Authority of Guam from 1987 – 1993. He is a 1985 graduate of California State University Sacramento and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.


"Who Wears the Beads? 2,000 Years of Ornaments from an Archaeological Site on Guam"

Judith Amesbury 


"Who Wears the Beads? 2,000 Years of Ornaments from an Archaeological Site on Guam"

An archaeological excavation, which took place at Tumon Bay, Guam, in 2006-2008, recovered more than 400 burials. This includes the remains of more than 150 people who lived during the early Pre-Contact Period. These are the earliest burials yet found on Guam, some of which date to 500 BC. Not only is the number of early people unusual, the number of burial goods is extraordinary. More than 1,700 shell and shark teeth ornaments, which were created over a 2,000 year period, were found on the human remains. The distribution of the beads, bracelets and other ornaments on the people enables us to answer the question “Who Wears the Beads?” Men or women? Only the respected older people or also young people? Only the early Pre-Contact or also the late Pre-Contact people?

A booklet with the same title and an exhibit of replicas of the ornaments are available.

"Pelagic Fishing in the Mariana Archipelago: From the Prehistoric Period to the Present"
The earliest inhabitants of the Mariana Archipelago, who arrived 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, were already expert fishermen. From their sailing canoes, they caught large open-ocean fishes, including mahimahi, marlin, tuna and wahoo. However, soon after Spanish colonization in 1668, hostilities broke out, and the Spanish systematically burned Chamorro villages and canoes and captured fugitives who tried to escape to the northern islands. The Spanish required almost all of the people in the Marianas to relocate to villages on Guam. The Chamorro people, once known for the elegance and swiftness of their sailing canoes, were no longer allowed to sail beyond the reef. For about 200 years, from 1750 to 1950, the Chamorro did not engage in open-ocean fishing. However, after World War II as the economy improved, the local fishermen began to buy boats and fish again for the large pelagic species. In a remarkable comeback, the fishermen of the Mariana Islands reclaimed their heritage as great open-ocean fishermen.

"Traditional Fishing on Guam: Chamoru Chenchulu Fishermen" (a 30-minute video)
In 2010-2012, Micronesian Archaeological Research Services obtained grant money to document traditional fishing on Guam. Judith Amesbury interviewed traditional fishermen and produced a booklet about traditional fishing methods, as well as this 30-minute video about
chenchulu (surround net) fishing. Fishermen who appear in the video are Ray Topasna, John Ray Aguon and Bobby Alvarez. Narrator is Leonard Iriarte.tuna



Judith R. Amesbury earned her degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She has worked with Micronesian Archaeological Research Services, Guam, for more than 25 years. Her area of expertise is Marine Resource Use. Amesbury has authored numerous reports and publications about fishing and invertebrate collecting, as well as the shell artifacts in the Mariana Islands.


I Amot gi Halom Tano

Tricia Atoigue Lizama, Ph.D., LCSW

The indigenous people of Guam, the CHamoru, have used traditional healing arts for over 4000 years. The traditional healer learned about picking åmot (medicinal plants) at a very young age. Not limited to making åmot, the traditional healers also massaged (låsa) and intervened with spirits (suffe) to assist those who were dealing with a health issue-physically, mentally, and spiritually. The traditional healer has had to struggle with the difficulty of finding åmot due to colonization and militarization. Many of the roots and plants that are needed are behind military fences such as the Ritidian Wild Life Refuge, Andersen Air Force Base, and the US Naval Base Guam. This presentation will examine the political and cultural struggles that directly impact the survival of the traditional healing practices of Guahan.



Dr. Lizama is an associate professor of Social Work at the University of Guam (UOG) since 2011. She earned her Doctorate in Human Services from Capella University in 2011. Dr. Lizama’s dissertation focused on the traditional healing practices of surhanu and suruhana and was titled "How are Traditional Chamoru healing practices being preserved and perpetuated in modern Guam". She earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 1999, and her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Social Work and Psychology from UOG in 1997. Prior to her work at UOG, Dr. Lizama was a team leader/social worker for the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2008 to 2011. She also served as a psychiatric social worker for the Department of Education, Division of Special Education, Program for Students with Emotional Disabilities from September 1999 to January 2003. Dr. Lizama currently is providing behavioral health services on a part-time basis with American Medical Center (AMC). She is a licensed Individual, Marriage and Family Therapist (IMFT) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is also a credentialed member of the Academy of Clinical Social Workers (ACSW) and Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW) by the National Association of Social Workers.



Åmot CHamoru: Our Journey Towards Reclaiming, Revitalizing and Preserving our Indigenous Healing Traditions 

Zita Pangelinan

In the midst of navigating seas of change or perhaps turbulence in Micronesia, Håya Foundation’s mission to “Enhance the Well-Being of our People” is focused on reclaiming, revitalizing and preserving our CHamorro indigenous healing traditions that sustained our people for over 3500 years. 
The impact of over 400 years of colonization and western influence has resulted in a disconnection and a gap in the transmission of traditional knowledge, while our people are suffering from epidemic of non-communicable diseases and behavioral issues with suicide rates 50% higher than that of the United States. 

We will share our journey towards reconnecting, reclaiming and preserving our cultural practices, foods and traditions in our movement towards a healthier future for our people and for Guahan. 

Our Presentation will also include healing remedies by I man Yo’Amte Rosalia “Mama Chai” Mateo and Frances “Auntie Kai” Meno.



Rose Mateo Fejeran (Familian, also known as “Mama Chai” has been a Yo’amte for over 60 years. She currently serves at Guma Yo’Amte, Guam’s First Traditional Healing Center since its opening in May, 2016. While Mama Chai learned some of the remedies from her mother and grandmother, she also apprenticed under Master Suruhana Regina Terlaje. She has extensive knowledgeable of various remedies for children and adults. She provides massages and provides amot for many ailments. She offers guidance for everyone to keep healthy. At 81, she has a very active social life aside from serving clients four days a week at Guma Yo’Amte and spending time with her family. She currently is mentoring and training Clarissa Torres, an apprentice at Guma Yo'Amte.

Mama Chai has co-presented at various conferences and workshops and is a primary guide and Saina as we strive to perpetuate our traditional healing practice. She also has been the guide and instructor during the treks in the jungle to identify medicinal plants and trees. She served as one of Guam’s Delegate for last year’s FestPac Healing Arts Discipline. 

Frances Meno (Familian Charfauros/Arriola) is a yo’amte (suruhana or traditional Chamorro healer) from Guahan. Frances learned from her mother Maria Arriola Villagomez (Born 2/2/1934 and died 5/28/2015) and her grandmother Rufina Muña Charfauros, both notable and trusted yo’amte in Rota and Guam. She learned the various aspects of growing, picking, making and administering traditional herbal remedies watching her and helping mother and grandmother. 

In early adulthood Frances traveled and lived abroad in Hawaii, Washington and Louisiana as a US Army wife and mother to her only daughter Celine. She returned to Guam in 1987 when her grandmother Rufina passed away. This is when she began to practice healing actively on her own and in assistance to her mother. She is confident in her in making amot famagu’on for congestion and mouth sores or chetnot maipe. She developed her method of bringing healing to såffe and provide additional healing! 

Over the years Frances gained more knowledge and experience in the healing arts living and working Guam and in Saipan and Tinian. In 2012, her mother Maria had a stroke and she was her primary care until her passing in March, 2015. Frances practices healing on a daily basis. For over three years, Frances has generously been sharing her knowledge with Håya Foundation in an effort to establish a yo’amte apprenticeship program. Frances now serves clients at the newly established Guma Yo’Amte located at the Sagan Kotturan Chamorro, Oka Point. 


Zita Pangelinan,familian Kotla yan Galaide is co-founder of Håya Cultural Heritage Foundation and has served as President since 2005 to present. Håya Foundation’s Mission is to Enhance the Well Being of Our People, and has been focusing on the revitalization of our traditional healing practice and achieving the objectives and resolutions adopted at the First Amot Conference.
She continues to work with I man Yo’amtesiha and support team to promote awareness and education through workshops, community outreach, developing the apprenticeship program, curriculum, and the protection of our land and jungles. In addition, she has co-produced, along with Dr. Tricia Lizama, a documentary on the state of traditional healing entitled “Amot Para I Hinemlo’ta”. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops with traditional healers, apprentices throughout the Marianas and the Region. She was also invited and presented about her work with Haya Foundation at the International Austronesian Conference in Taiwan in November, 2016. She served as Chair of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts Traditional Healing Committee wherein the Healers voted to charter the Pacific Indigenous Healers Consortium and was elected as Secretary of the organization.

Zita is also a Human Resource Consultant for over 25 years in areas of organizational restructuring, organizational development, workforce training and development, community development, and 
broad based
management. Her clients include local and federal government as well as local, regional, multi-national organizations and non-profit organizations.


Recapturing i Fa’tinas i Latte (the Crafting of Latte)

Dr. Kelly Marsh & Moneka de Oro\


Latte (2-piece stone posts) are iconic within the Mariana Islands, connecting CHamorus of today to those of before. Latte are the most visible reminders of the achievements of i manaotao mo'na (CHamoru ancestors), continuing to exist throughout the island and archipelago’s landscapes. However, the tradition of quarrying and carving latte ceased to be passed from generation to generation, perhaps by the early 1700s, owing to the particular history of missionization and colonization in the Mariana Islands.

A latte quarrying and carving project, now entering its third year, has been engaging hundreds of youth and elders of all ages in its effort to recapture the tradition. Students, cultural practitioners, and others have been identifying resource areas, researching applicable terminology, learning how to craftalutong (volcanic rock) tools, testing various methods of quarrying, carving, and otherwise fabricating latte, and developing chants to guide and motivate while one crafts latte carving tools and latte themselves.

Students and their instructors will discuss how the project has evolved, lessons learned, and what it has meant to participate the project. Students, some of whom have become teachers offa'tinas i latte themselves, will demonstrate and provide hands-on opportunities for others to shape higam (adzes) and to carve with mattiyu (hammerstones).



Kelly G Marsh (Taitano) holds a doctorate in cultural heritage studies from Charles Sturt University, Australia, building on her BA in history and anthropology and an MA in Micronesian studies from the University of Guam (UOG). She authored the political review of Guam for the Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs for 11 years and remains active in local cultural and historical efforts. Some of this activity includes serving as the Chair for the History Subcommittee of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 which Guam hosted; conducting applied research within the Mariana Islands; advocating for CHamoru and local rights and history; and teaching History of Guam and special studies courses at UOG such as the first latte carving and quarrying course offered by the university's Chamorro Studies program taught alongside latte carvers such as Joe Viloria, Nash Camacho, and former students Moñeka De Oro and Daniel Stone.

Moñeka De Oro, a proud daughter of the Marianas is currently a history teacher at Southern High School on Guahan. Much of her energy is dedicated to community efforts that seek to uplift and unite the people of the Pacific so that we may realize a prosperous and peaceful future.



The New Island Vernacular: Guam's Built Environment in the Post-World War II Era

Cacilie Craft


Since 2014, Cacilie and GANDA’s Architectural Historian, Ed Yarbrough, have assisted the Guam Historic Resources Division with the completion of an island-wide historical architecture survey of the island of Guam. The objective of the study is to locate and record historical architectural properties that are not yet listed on the Guam Register or National Register of Historic Places. All 44 properties recorded thus far date to the 1950s and 1960s, a period that saw profound change in the island’s built environment, when traditional and traditionally-inspired architectural styles and materials gave way to concrete and a new island vernacular so prevalent today. Architectural resources from this period will likely become more historically significant with the passage of time, especially considering the expansion and experimentation in architectural styles seen in Guam over the past twenty years. They are therefore in need of preservation and attention before they are lost or forgotten.


Cacilie Craft is an archaeologist and historic preservation specialist at Garcia and Associates (GANDA) where she conducts a wide array of research throughout the Pacific Region, ranging from investigations of archaeological sites to National Register of Historic Places evaluations of historic buildings and structures.


Maritime Archaeology in Oceania

Dr. Bill Jeffery


This workshop will discuss the role of maritime archaeology in Oceania. A presentation on how maritime archaeology is being implemented in various countries/regions of the world; what it is striving to achieve; and its relevance and benefits to these countries/regions will set the scene for a discussion on what 'type' of maritime archaeology should be implemented in Oceania. It is hoped workshop participants from Guam and various parts of Oceania and South East Asia will attend and contribute to the discussion.


Dr. Bill Jeffery has been working as a maritime archaeologist for nearly 40 years. Jeffery’s background in maritime archaeology is in Australia, where after studying with the Western Australian Museum, he formulated and coordinated a maritime heritage program for a state government agency, Heritage South Australia from 1981-2001. He went onto working with the Federated States of Micronesia National Historic Preservation Office and completing a PhD on the World War II shipwrecks in Chuuk Lagoon. He is a consulting maritime archaeologist to ERM Hong Kong, and Research Associate with the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Since 2002, he has been working on various aspects of maritime archaeology in Hong Kong and more recently the training of a number of local divers, and the implementation of maritime archaeology research and excavation projects, the first such projects to be conducted in Hong Kong. He has implemented various types of archaeological and heritage investigations in Australia, the Pacific region, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and various countries in Africa. Bill has lectured in cultural heritage preservation, maritime archaeology and conducted maritime archaeology field schools with Flinders University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Guam and James Cook University in addition to teaching Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training programs in eleven different countries. In 2015, he began his current position as Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of Guam.



Village Revitalization Planning

Aaron Burger & Joseph Pangelinan


In 2013 the American Institute of Architects Guam and Micronesia chapter successfully completed the Inalahan Revitalization Plan. This plan laid out a way forward to preserve the village historic district village heritage and sense of place and has already proved to be a useful planning tool for the community.

Following the success of the Inalahan
plan Guam AIA has been asked to begin a similar plan with the Humatak Revitalization plan. The key component of these plans is input from village residents which is garnered thru several village meetings, questionnaires and focus group discussions. Community architectural planning is then applied as a framework to bring the Humatak residents goals to life in a 15-20 year plan that is realistic and achievable. This presentation will cover our approach and methods that were and are still being used in these revitalization plans and welcome public feedback in creating a better framework for residential needs of island communities.


Aaron Burger has enjoyed calling Guam and the Western Pacific his home for more than a decade. Witnessing the changing social landscape and economic forces on the islands over the years have motivated him to be part in the preservation of the past and steering of the future to promote healthy and sustainable structural and social infrastructure for future generations.

Joseph Pangelinan has over 20 years of experience working in the architectural design industry and is currently a Project Designer/Job Captain with RIM Architects. Over the past 13 years he has focused his efforts on projects varying in complexity and size from National Defense, Military, Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Family Residential project types. Some of the recent local projects he was involved with include the Inalahan Historic District Revitalization Plan, F.Q. Sanchez Elementary School Historical Renovation in Umatac, and the new Gloria B. Nelson (GPA/GWA) Public Service Building.

In his part-time occupation, he is a Major in the Guam Air National Guard serving as the Chief of Engineering for the 254th RED HORSE Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He is responsible for planning and design, maintaining readiness posture, and overseeing training and equipment resources.

Joe was born and Raised on island. He is passionate about preserving the culture and natural resources on Guam and enjoys running and hiking along the Island's historic and scenic trails.

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Learning CHamoru - Connecting with the Past and Future
Gerhard J. Schwab, PhD MSW & Dr. Rosa Salas Palomo


Workshop participants are introduced to the website, an online platform for the advancement of learning CHamoru (with over 3 million user visits and over 6,500 registered learners as of January 2018). The workshop illustrates the pedagogical approach and philosophy of the website pertaining to learning how to learn CHamoru. The workshop highlights and discusses successes and challenges of (online-) learning CHamoru in its historic significance and relevance for the future ... and leaves workshop participants with an experience of learning CHamoru being a pleasant and enriching activity.

Gerhard J. Schwab PhD MSW, is a native of Austria, earned the terminal degree in Social Work in Austria in 1981, worked as a volunteer social worker with criminal youth gangs in Papua New Guinea for five years, earned a doctoral degree in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Michigan, has taught Social Work at the University of Guam since 1996 and recently became a student in CHamoru Studies. Collaboratively with Sinora Rosa S. Palomo and other faculty and students at the University of Guam, he developed the pedagogical approach and structural blueprint for

Gerhard J. Schwab PhD MSW, is a native of Austria, earned the terminal degree in Social Work in Austria in 1981, worked as a volunteer social worker with criminal youth gangs in Papua New Guinea for five years, earned a doctoral degree in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Michigan, has taught Social Work at the University of Guam since 1996 and recently became a student in CHamoru Studies. Collaboratively with Sinora Rosa S. Palomo and other faculty and students at the University of Guam, he developed the pedagogical approach and structural blueprint for
Gerhard Schwab has been married 
with Dr. Vivian Dames since 1987, they live in Talofofo with their two daughters, Maria Alexandra and Maria Jessica.

Rosa Salas Palomo MEdu, was born into a large CHamoru family and learned English only when she entered formal schooling. She became a bilingual and bicultural CHamoru and English speaker and teacher. Her formal higher education included a Bachelors in Elementary and Early Childhood Education; her Masters was in Reading, her post-graduate work at the University of California Los Angeles was in Applied Linguistics. Rosa Salas Palomo’s entire career focused on education, beginning as a school aide all the way to being superintendent. At the University of Guam, she has been project director and faculty for more than 30 years. Rosa Palomo collaboratively with Gerhard Schwab and other UOG faculty and students developed the website of which she is now the chief editor. She has been married with Joseph Palomo for the past 43 years; she is mother to Joey and Ye-Kyoung, Angel, John and Corey, and grand-mother to Kailee.



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Community Engagement and Cultural Resource Management in Palau
Dr. Jolie Liston

In Micronesia, cultural resource management projects are an essential means for community engagement, building capacity, and promotion of archaeology and heritage. Examples of various collaborations between contract archaeologists and the Palauan community, the lessons learned, and the way forward are presented for discussion.

Dr. Jolie Liston has conducted cultural resource management projects and academic research within Micronesian and Hawaiian local communities for 30 years. This work includes long-term multi-disciplinary projects relying on historical ecology and oral histories such as the Legacy of Tarague Embayment and Its Inhabitants on Guam and the Babeldaob Compact Road Investigations on Palau. Dr. Liston served as Chairperson for the community orientated Pacific Island Archaeology Conference in Palau. As Cultural Component Manager, Liston was instrumental in the 2012 successful nomination of Palau’s Rock Islands Southern Lagoon as a mixed natural and cultural World Heritage Site.



Guam History Day: Inspiring and Preparing Guam's Next Generation of Historic Preservationists

Dr. Monique Storie

Guam History Day, a joint project between Guam Preservation Trust and UOG's Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center, was designed to inspire the next generation of knowledgeable regional historians, cultural preservationists, historic preservationists, and public policy makers. Guam History Day is a year-long research-based competition designed to encourage middle and high school students to think more critically about their island's history. As a way to inspire students to find significance in the historic structures on island and events and historical figures presented in school. During this annual competition, Guam's students are:
* are taught how to conduct research using primary and secondary resources 
* are pushed to think deeper about the significance and implications of an event or period in Guam's history based on an overarching theme
* articulate and present their research findings and analysis at the island-wide Guam History Day competition. 

A select group of students are invited to present their research findings and serve as young ambassadors of Guam's history at the National History Day competition.

Monique Storie is the Interim Director of the Richard Flores Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center and Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library at the University of Guam.


Technology & History:, A Community Project

Rita Pangelinan Nauta is a community project that highlights the unique history of Guam and the Chamorro heritage of the Mariana Islands. Through peer-reviewed entries and accompanying media, Guampedia provides an important educational and informational resource for Guam teachers and students, for Chamorros living away from the Marianas, for visitors, and for those who want a richer understanding of the island and its people. 

Rita Pangelinan Nauta has been serving Guam’son-line resource,, as Managing Director since 2011. Her focus is community outreach, creating initiatives,
partnerships and projects to document and promote Guam’s history and Chamorro culture and making Guampedia accessible to the global community.

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