Wednesday, August 14, 2013

15th Annual Gupot Y Peskadot (Fishermen’s Festival)

 

Sunday we went to the Fishermen’s Festival at the Guam Fishermen’s Co-op.

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The dance group Guma Rasan Acho Latte were a delight to the festivities and performed cultural dances which chronicled the history of Guam while singing in Chamorro.

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There were several  booths selling plants, goods from local artisans, baked goods and books. I purchased Chamorro Heritage: A Sense of Place (Guidelines, Procedures and Recommendations for Authenticating Chamoro Heritage) . The book had until recently been sold out.

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Several  signs were hung up around the festival, each one describing a Chamorro value and would like to share them with you:

Kustumbren Manchamorro (Chamorro Values)

Gineftåo

Generosity: Be willing to share and give what you have to others

Mana’ayuda

Cooperation: Work willingly with others toward a common goal

Akseptasion

Acceptance: Be willing to understand and appreciate qualities in others

Respetu

Respect: Always remember to show others consideration, admiration and honor

Inagofli’e

Friendship: Accept, share and enjoy the companionship of others

Responsapblidåt

Responsibility: Always be someone others can depend on.

Måolek Kotdura

Good Judgment: Make wise choices on what you know is right

Inafa’målek

Compassion and Caring: Try to understand how others feel and act on those feelings with care and concern

Hulat Maisa

Self-Control: Work hard to control your thoughts and behavior

Na ha na’yan manu para u kanno’. Isao I despetdisiu.

Take only what you can eat. To waste is a sin.

Minesñgon

Perseverance: Keep working hard to reach your goals even when it gets difficult

Mina’tatñga

Courage: Stand strong for your beliefs and do what’s right even when others disagree

Minagåhet

Honesty: Be sincere, truthful, trustworthy and loyal in all that you do and say

 

As with any festival, there was plenty of food! (Some of which was free!)

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And of course, there were $3 carabao rides. Doesn’t it look like fun? This beast was such a sweet thing!

To learn more about rules and regulations for fishing on Guam and events, please visit these websites:

www.guamfishermenscoop.com.

www.fishtoday.org

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