The Two Lovers

The legend of the Two Lovers as told by Daddoo: “A while after the Spanish came, a young man from a prominent local family fell in love with a girl from another village.  Their families opposed their marriage – his because she was too low a caste for them to be associated with and hers…

Sirena

The legend of Sirena as told by Daddoo: “Back when the Spanish were still all over the island, there was a girl who lived near where the Hagåtña River meets the ocean.  This girl loved the water more than anything else, more than food, more than her family, more than anything, and she would swim…

The Child-Snatchers

The legend of the duendes as told by Daddoo: “These came after the taotaomo’na, either brought with the Spanish, like the diseases that killed a lot of Chamorro people back then, or like a curse, something that followed them from their home and settled on the island along with the conquerors. “The duendes are like…

The White Lady

The legend(s) of the White Lady as told by Daddoo: “We have a story about doomed love.  In some versions, he is Chamorro and she is Spanish – the daughter of some official or high-ranking officer; in other versions, he is the Spanish officer and she is a village girl. “In the first version, the…

The First People

The legend of the taotaomo’na (English: “The People Who Came Before”) as told by Daddoo: “The taotaomo’na are the ancestors of all the Chamorro people.  The oldest of them were the first people of Guam, dead long before the Spanish, dead long before the Chamorro were even ‘The Chamorro;’ they came to the island, they…

The Cunning Dutch

I’ve mentioned briefly that Le Mumz comes from a mix of cultures – as many people do these days, especially in America.  One of the interesting bits of our history involve the excommunication of our relatives from Holland, which prompted their move to the U.S.  The most common excommunicated population of Dutch citizens were those…

Chamorrknow

When I finally showed some real interest in my own heritage, I had a horrible time trying to find anything about the Chamorro peoples or Guam; my sole resource was Daddoo, and while he’s a fine Daddoo and a good storyteller, there are some things he just doesn’t know.  For example, no matter how much…

Chamesianican

Hafa adai! I was sitting here staring at this glaring white screen, trying to figure out what my first post should be about; there are so many things in life about which I feel passionately: art, music, animals, the environment, gaming, herbalism, crafting (specifically knitting, crocheting, and weaving with a minor amount of sewing), tea,…