Sagan Kotturan CHamoru reopens just in time for Mes CHamoru

Sagan Kotturan CHamoru (PNC photo)

Sagan Kotturan CHamoru reopened over the weekend just in time for Mes CHamoru.

Social distancing and other restrictions placed by the COVID-19 pandemic forced Sagan Kotturan CHamoru to shut down a little more than a year ago.

But now that Guam has transitioned to PCOR 3, Sagan Kotturan CHamoru has opened its doors again, re-opening last Saturday, March 6.

A number of workshops were conducted at the event — from weaving with Guma’ Gela’ Roquin to sling throwing with Roman Dela Cruz.

Sagan Kotturan CHamoru is managed and operated by Inadahen I Lina’la Kotturan CHamoru Incorporated.

The non-profit organization’s mission is to perpetuate, preserve and promote the CHamoru culture, language, and history through education, and demonstration of the various forms of traditional and contemporary CHamoru arts and crafts.

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Inadahen I Lina’la Kotturan CHamoru President Raphael Unpingco says the reopening went very well.

Mark Dell’isola, a local artist who has been painting for over 30 years, was also present during the reopening.

Dell’isola attributes his artistic skills to failing other educational courses when he was in school.

“I guess painting is the only thing I’m really good at. I don’t have a choice. I always failed other subjects. So it was pretty obvious. You gotta stick with what you’re good at no matter what it is,” Dell’isola

If any local artists would like to utilize the centers, you can contact Raphael Unpingco at 688-7290 and Amber Benavente at 788-8404.