Celebrating CHamoru Nobenas

Lola Quan Bautista (University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa)

The presentation discusses the community-guided research and documentation activities of the 2023-2024 project, Celebrating CHamoru Nobenas. The project is supported by the Community Collections Grant program of the American Folklife Center and focuses on documenting the nobena, a devotional prayer ritual based in Roman Catholicism but uniquely adapted and embraced by the indigenous CHamoru people of the Mariana Islands and Guam, and among diasporic CHamoru communities throughout the U.S. This project showcases the practice in the villages and in homes, singing of traditional songs, and the transmission of the nobena practice from one generation to the next.

Part of V2-02 Self-representation in Cultural Documentation and Archival Preservation: Projects in the American Folklife Center’s Community Collections Grants Program, Wednesday, October 11, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm