Bills supporting Chamorro culture, language and tourism move forward
Hagåtña- JULY 23, 2013-Three bills supporting the preservation and the perpetuation of the Chamorro culture and language are now law and will move forward towards implementation. The three bills were funded through appropriations from the tourist attraction fund. It has been determined through research and analysis that most tourists want to see and experience the Chamorro culture. Public Law 32-57 appropriates $127,000 dollars to Duk Duk Guam to produce a children’s television show that will teach Chamorro Language skills and reinforce cultural practices. Public Law 32-58 appropriates $50,000 dollars to the Hurao Academy so that it can continue its mission of promoting the language and culture through Chamorro language immersion classes. Public 32-59 appropriates $50,000 to Inetnon Gef Pago an award winning Chamorro cultural group that promotes the Chamorro language through the power of dance, ritual and song.
In recognition of these new public laws Senator Barnes said that, “Together each of these groups are weaving a strong foundation of cultural awareness that reminds us of our past and helps to connect us to our future. At the same time it is important to remember that highlighting and growing our Chamorro culture is not just an educational tool but also, a strategic and competitive advantage in continuing to grow our economy by investing in our most important industry - tourism.”