Chamorro perspective to be presented during Magellan anniversary

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With five hundred days until the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the world, the Estoria-ta Commission is organizing the commemoration of this historical event as well as a celebration of Chamorro culture.

Two years from now will mark 500 years since Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan circumnavigated the world in 1521.

With five hundred days until the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world, the Estoria-ta Commission is organizing the commemoration of this historical event as well as a celebration of Chamorro culture.

According to commission chairman Dr. Robert Underwood, the commemoration is a way to highlight Chamorro culture in light of the contact with the Spanish.

“We’re not actually celebrating it, we’re just acknowledging it, commemorating it in order to be able to present the Chamorro perspective…which I think for 500 years has been undervalued,” Underwood said.

The event’s activities will include a voyaging exhibition, a sling stone competition, an exchange between the Guam Museum and the Smithsonian, as well as a publication discussing the history of the Marianas during Spanish contact.

According to Dr. David Atienza representing the University of Guam, a Chamorro cultural exhibition will be featured throughout Spain and Europe.

“We’re going to host that exhibition in Spain about the current self-understanding of the Chamorro identity portrayed in Europe and in Spain. They asked not to just do a historical exhibition, but something to target who the Chamorro people are today for the world to know in Spain,” Atienza said.

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