Master of Chamorro Dance

Here is some inspiring news from Guam:

Recently, the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities recognized Vince Reyes, Oceanic chairperson of the Federation of International Dance Festivals, as a Master of Chamorro Dance. This recognition is awarded to a person who has kept the traditions of master dancers of the past and a person who has preserved the craft for future generations.

Reyes states, “I’m blessed to have this passion to perpetuate our culture, to promote our island and most especially to give you a light beyond what you think you have.”

Joseph Cameron, president of the Department of Chamorro Affairs, announced that Reyes was selected to assist the new Guam Museum (set to open in 2015) with the dance exhibitions.

As with the rest of the Pacific Islands, the Chamorro culture is known for its songs and dances, and the heart and soul of their culture is conveyed through song and dance.

Here is a site that shows some examples of Chamorro dances.

Click here to read the full article regarding Vince Reyes.

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Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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