Music, Dance and Arts of Chamorro, Pride of Guam

Guam is as known for its sun and sand as it is for its vibrant culture, the remarkable Chamorro culture. A remarkable number of painters, dancers, musicians, playwrights, poets, and artists of all stripes populate Guam’s vibrant cultural scene. The most vibrant and stand out of the Chamorro arts is its music. Chamorro music can be heard at dance events and festivals across the island as well as at the night market in Chamorro village. A notable form of music here is chanting, sometimes performed call-and-response style and often accompanying traditional dances. With the use of slapping and stomping, performers use their bodies as percussive instruments.

Chamorro Dances are also quite popular and are led by various dance groups such as the collective Pa’a Taotao Tano’ and the folk dance team Inetnon Gef Pa’go. Dancers on the island can be seen jumping, shouting, and wielding long tunas sticks in the Bailan Uritao (Young Man’s Dance) and whirling in sadi’s, thus and coconut leaf skirts in the Bailan Lina ‘la’ (Dance of Life).

Public art at Guam’s bus stops and village murals are also a very prominent feature of Chamorro culture and inspires all who pass by, while institutional forums such as the Isla Center for the Arts at the University of Guam, the Guam Gallery of Arts at the Chamorro Village, and the Guam Council of the Arts and Humanities Gallery draw crowds with diverse exhibits to satisfy the most eclectic tastes. Chamorro also has other rich art forms like Storytelling, weaving, jewelry making and blacksmith works, and you can find very talented artists and artisans on the island, who are experts at these.

Travel to Guam to partake of this rich culture and while in Guam, stay at Days Inn, for a great hospitality experience.

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