Guam Humanities Council: “I Tano yan I Tasi”, Land and Sea – Ecological Literacy on Guam, Saturday March 16


Guam – The Guam Humanities Council is currently carrying out the project I Tano yan I Tasi, Land and Sea – Ecological Literacy on the US Pacific Island of Guam, which explores the important connections between food, health, culture and the environment in order to better “grow democracy.”

The project continues with a Umatac Fresh Water Streams Hike on Saturday, March 16, show time is at 8:30 AM at the Agat Marina to coordinate carpooling, and go time is 9:00 AM.  The hike will encourage participants to explore the history, geology and ecology of the Umatac fresh water streams systems with Dr. Frank Camacho, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, and historian Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua of the University of Guam. The hike is easy to moderate hike and will take 2 hours, starting at Sella Bay in Umatac.  Participants will walk in water that is ankle to knee deep, and should wear protective shoes.

Participants are also encouraged to bring insect repellant, water, and sunscreen. Space is limited and anyone interested in attending should call the Council to sign up for the tour at 472-4461/0.

The project also continues with the Film Forum series, which includes facilitated panel discussions with diverse audiences. The fourth presentation in the Film Forum series will feature the documentary Time and Tide (2007 Wavecrest Films), an award-winning documentary about the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu, homeland to the world’s first environmental refugees. 

This thought-provoking film reflects both hope and unimaginable loss, as it exposes the irreversible tragedy of a land and its people in the face of globalization, climate change, and rising sea levels.  Panelists will help to link the film to a local context by discussing issues of rising sea levels in the region, analyzing what happens to a people and culture in the threat of losing their homeland, and investigating Guam’s role as a potential sanctuary for environmental refugees.  Panelists include Laura Biggs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Outreach and Education, UOG Seat Grant; Mike Gawel, Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources, War in the Pacific National Historical Park; and Sydonia Manibusan, Research Assistant, College of Natural and Applied Sciences – Western Pacific Tropical Research Center. 

The film presentation will take place on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 PM at the Sinajana Community Center.