Amid Chamorro Village controversy, SKC beckons as an oasis for CHamoru culture

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Sagan Kotturan Chamoru is comprised of almost a dozen buildings that each focus on different disciplines such as medicine, farming, and seafaring to preserve and perpetuate the Chamorro culture.

Atop the cliffside at Oka Point, overlooking the blue waves of Ypao Beach, sits nine acres of one of the island’s only cultural centers.

Founded by Indahen I Lina’la, Sagan Kotturan Chamoru is comprised of almost a dozen buildings that each focus on different disciplines such as medicine, farming, and seafaring to preserve and perpetuate the Chamorro culture.

But according to Interim Director Amber Benavente, running the center has not been without its challenges.

“Right now, the only infrastructure we have here is water. We have no power. So our fundraising efforts are going to getting power up here so that our NPOS who are joining us will have space and water here,” Benavente said.

The center mostly operates on a volunteer basis, with members offering to bush-cut in their free time to maintain the grounds.

But although the management of the center has had its challenges, the members of SKC invite the public to volunteer and experience what the center has to offer.

“What I want to convey to the community is that there is a space for you. Not just for the Chamorros but also for our visitors to get to know our culture, to get to know what we are about, and learn about our history and culture,” Benavente said.

SKC is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. For tour opportunities, contact Amber Benavente at 788-9455.

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