Fanohge march a reflection of self-determination renaissance

Dr. Robert A. Underwood is a Co-Principal Investigator for the project titled “Developing CHamoru Language Infrastructure: Goggue Yan Chachalani Mo’na I Fino’-ta (Embrace and Make a Way Forward for Our Language).”

Dr. Robert Underwood says this Monday’s Fanohge March is a reflection of the Chamorro self-determination renaissance that is happening now on Guam.

In an interview with Patti Arroyo on NewsTalk K57, Underwood said today’s generation is more open to self-determination compared to when he first started advocating for it 40 years ago.

“It’s a very different feeling today. During the ’80s, the concept was new and a little misunderstood,” Underwood said.

“And what’s most engaging about it is that today’s self-determination advocates are multi-generation,” he added.

The Monday march is expected to be the largest gathering of a non-political nature. Underwood stressed that the march is not connected with any political party or any socio-political movement.

He said the organizers have made sure that the logistics for the march are in order, including securing permits for the use of kiosks, canopies in Adelup, water stations along the way.

The speakers include Lisa Natividad, Jamela Santos, and Underwood himself. There will also be sing-alongs and musical numbers by well-known performers.

The march is on Monday and starts in Adelup at 9 a.m.