Wanted: The American Chamorro Story

A few days ago the Pacific Daily News ran an article that invited all Chamorros living off of the islands to tell their story that will help with the understanding of where Chamorros live in the world, and what brought them there.

The project is led by Bernard Punzalan, an independent researcher in Washington state. Punzalan is the creator of the Chamorro Roots Genealogy Project, and has transcribed and published 1920 and 1930 Guam census books. For the Chamorro story project, he will work with a team of advisers that will help assemble and analyze the information. Then, the resulting work will be family histories told within a historical perspective, presented at the Guam Festival of the Pacific Arts in 2016.

The 2000 census counted the Chamorro population in the U.S. states at 92,611. In a span of ten years, there was a 60 percent surge in the population. In 2010 the count grew to 147,798, representing 64 percent of all Chamorros counted.


For Chamorros who want to contribute their story start by assembling information such as your full name and family clan name, village of origin, time the family left the island and why. Send your information to:


You can also contact the organizing group for help putting your story together.

To read the full article click here.

About islandculturearchivalsupport

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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