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We continue our tour of Micronesia with a brief exploration of Guam and the Northern Marianas, two groups of islands that used to count as one group of islands, at least until outside powers intervened. Today both Guam and the Northern Marianas are territories of
the United States, so if you live in the U.S. you may one day ask yourself, “what’s the deal with Guam and the Northern Marianas?” Read below for one take on the deal.
THIS WEEK’S GREATEST HIT:
FUN LINKS TO SHARE WITH THE KIDS:
Enjoy some Chamorro music:
— tease your friends while competing with them to see who can sing the best Kantan Chamorrita. Kantan Chamorrita is part of a widespread global tradition of jousting through poetry and song, which appears in the Caribbean as an “extempo war,” in Lebanon as “zajal” (blurry, but you get the idea), in Greenland as a “drum dance” and in the U.S. as a rap battle.
— Introducing the belembaotuyan, “Guam’s only original musical instrument”