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No trip to Guam is complete unless you get up close and personal with the island’s indigenous Chamorro culture. Now whether you want just an introduction to the culture or want a full immersion experience, the best place to do so would be the Historic Inalahan Foundaton Inc.’s Gef Pa’go Chamorro Cultural Village.
This village of Chamorro culture is located along the coastline of the southern Guamanian village of Inarajan and the Inalahan Foundation has worked meticulously to preserve the native culture, pass it on to the inner generations and also showcase it for visitors.
Details about Gef Pa’go Village of Chamorro Culture:
Timing: Open daily from 9 am to noon.
The village is staffed predominantly by Chamorro elders who are veterans of Chomorro arts, crafts and cuisine. They offer demonstrations in these various aspects of Chamorro culture. Gef Pa’go is modeled along the lines of a typical Chamorro community in the forties and fifties when the people still practiced a Chamorro way of life. So you would see ropes being hand woven from tree bark and bowl being handmade from natural materials.
And these are the chief attractions here, that take you back to a time when life was lived in close association with Nature. Gef Pa’go give you an opportunity to reconnect with that time with their projects and activities here. Go ahead and try weaving your own basket or maybe even cook up a fantastic batch of coconut candy. If you want to learn more, then the Chamorro elders and preservationists present here will only be happy to give you some valuable lessons in Chamorro Spirit.
They would also regale you with some interesting legends about their people. Like the one about Chief Gadao whose statue still stands guard at the entrance of the village. He once challenged a rival chief to a show of strength where both men climbed onto a canoe and began rowing – in opposite directions. The men were so strong that the canoe broke in half. Listen to that and other tales from the old days as you explore the village and have a taste of authentic Chamorro culture.
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