Independent Guåhan will take hikers to Pågat as part of its Hale’-ta Hike series June 23

by Independent Guåhan
Stripes Guam

Independent Guåhan invites the public to participate in the third of its Hale’-ta Hikes, which will take hikers to the beautiful and sacred Pågat cave and village area, this Saturday, June 23rd. Those interested in attending the hike should gather at the Pågat trailhead by 8:30 am. The hike will begin promptly at 9 am.

The Hale’-ta Hikes are offered by Independent Guåhan as a means of helping develop meaningful and respectful community engagement around our island’s historic and sacred sites. The first two Hale’-ta Hikes took place earlier this year and featured visits to Fouha Rock in Humåtak and the ancient village of Hila’an in Dededo.

Pågat was an ancient village in northeastern Guam, located near a freshwater cave and beautiful limestone cliffs. Due to Spanish colonization, the villagers were forcibly removed. For centuries the area was most frequented by hunters and medicinal healers. Pågat re-entered the island’s consciousness when the US military announced their places to build a firing range complex in the area threatening public access to this sacred site. Large-scale community mobilization and a lawsuit were able to save Pågat from being used as a firing range.

Those interested in joining this month’s Hale’-ta Hike are encouraged to wear shoes with good traction, a long-sleeved shirt, hat and gloves. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent are also recommended. Also ensure you bring enough water for yourself and your party.

For more information, please contact Michael Lujan Bevacqua at (671) 988-7106, email independentguahan@gmail.com, or visit www.independentguahan.com.

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