Community project

Guampedia, Guam’s Online Encyclopedia, is a community project that highlights the unique CHamoru heritage and history of Guam and the Mariana Islands. Through peer-reviewed entries and accompanying media, Guampedia provides an important educational and informational resource for Guam teachers and schoolchildren, for CHamorus living away from Guam, for visitors to our island, and for those who want a richer understanding of our island and its people. It debuted on 10 April 2008.

Guampedia, Inc. is an independent nonprofit organization established in 2009. The organization is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and a small, but dedicated, staff that maintains the Guampedia website ( and organizes its activities.

The project was created by the Humanities Guåhan in 2002, and funded primarily through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Guam Preservation Trust, the Bank of Guam, the US Department of the Interior, Gannett Foundation, Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency and other sources. Content for the website was developed by a slew of professional writers, researchers, cultural specialists and other scholars who provided expertise for putting together information that could be accessed easily by a general audience. The website was launched in April 2008 with the first 350 entries. Currently Guampedia has more than 1,200 entries, 3,500 photographs, numerous video and sound clips and dozens of e-publications. More than 140 people have been a part of this project to date, doing research, writing, peer reviewing, fact checking or copy editing the Guampedia entries and media. New materials are continually being added to the Guampedia database.

Since becoming an independent nonprofit, Guampedia is an affiliate program of the University of Guam’s Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center and works in partnership with many other community institutions and organizations, including the Department of CHamoru Affairs, the Guam Museum, the Guam Public Library, the Guam Department of Parks and Recreation’s Division of Historic Resources, the Archdiocese of Agana and Micronesian Seminar.

Guampedia is an ongoing and dynamic project that will be updated and added to regularly as events unfold and technology allows.

Help Guampedia by taking our Guampedia User Survey. The survey will be used only for educational and research purposes as they relate to the development of our content, our funding efforts, and for sustaining Guampedia.

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Board of Directors

Anita Borja Enriquez, President
Alice Taijeron, Director
Terry Perez, Director


Managing Director: Rita P. Nauta
Website & Archive Manager: Nathalie Pereda
Media Production and Research Assistant: Lazaro Quinata
Editor Emerita: Shannon J. Murphy

Guampedia Scholars and Advisors

Leo Babauta
Rosanna Barcinas
Bruce Best
Keith Camacho
Karen Cruz
Larry Cunningham
David Defant
Marjorie Driver
Judy Flores
Jayne Flores
Father Eric Forbes
Nicholas Goetzfridt
Anne Perez Hattori
Father Fran Hezel
Roseann Murphy Jones
Jillette Leon Guerrero
Carlos Madrid
Thomas Marler
Cathleen Moore-Linn
Peter Onedera
Rosa Palomo
Clarisa Quan
Anthony Ramirez
Don Rubinstein
Eloise Sanchez
Monique RC Storie
Dominica Tolentino
James Perez Viernes
Aline A. Yamashita

From Our Visitors

Republican Party of Guam

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   very informative

Guam’s Mermaid

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️     Loved this retelling

Fina’denne’: Dipping Sauce

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   My mother and I were very fond of the fena'denne and make it often. Thank you for posting this online.

Quonset Huts

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   When my family first arrived, they were housed in a Quonset hut for a few months. I've always wondered what that was like, and this article helped me understand a little better.

Mrs. E. Johnston

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Very insightful. Never knowing her true historical link with Guam, very interesting read.

Fina’denne’ Sauce

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   I tried this recipe, good. thanks

Guam Organic Act

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   This page for starters, what a great idea. I always enjoy viewing the photos from the past and history of our Island of strong CHamoru people.

Ancient Guam’s Environment

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   I happen to discover guampedia and I find this Page is very helpful.

La Nao de China: The Spanish Treasure Fleet System

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   It was interesting, easy to understand and informative, thanks!

Baha’i Faith

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   My family & I lived in Guam early 1990's for three years. Loved it.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   I thought the article was very informative, it includes who can prepare the dish...

Rita G Sablan’s Store

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   It was very informative & appreciate the story of her life

Marshall Islands

⭐️⭐️   This article is helpful but it will be more detailed if there can be more pictures esp pictures of the people, places. Keep up the good work


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   I am falling in love with Guampedia because it's giving me my CHamoru History.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   i used this for my school report thank you guys very helpful

Makana and Kakahna

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Your articles have really helped me feel more informed about Chamorro history and more connected to my heritage, thank you!

Guam Pledge Inifresi Recited in Public Schools

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Thank you very much this has been extremely useful.

Ancient foods

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   I am a transplanted island girl. Thank you for this brought me home for a few moments.

Folktale: Alu and Pang

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   It will help me with my Guam Studies class

SSND in Guam

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Thank you. This was helpful information about the SSNDs moving to Guam and offering education to the younger generation. I knew some of the original missionaries!

Transmission of Christianity

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Very educational

Chamorro vs. Chamoru

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️     Came here from a google search after reading an article about the "CHamoru" people of Guam in the New York Times

Chamorro Dishes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️     Very useful. The recipes were actually good to see to refresh my mind and memory for some that I forgot.

Guam Fiesta Calendar

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   This Guampedia site was very useful for me to use to look up Guam's village fiestas for each month. Thank you very much to the person that came up with the idea and actually created the site.

Guam villages

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   I had to make sure on the villages correct spelling of names


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Love this story. Sharing with my children and grandchildren.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   This write up on Giant Clams proved very valuable for research

Bishop Agustín Bernaus

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Very useful información.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Excellent information. Working on a documentary and the person's family is from Guam! I needed this to connect the story. Thank you.

Dededo (Dedidu)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Lived in Guam, Dededo, 1950’s   Dad was in the navy, loved it.

Si Sirena

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Significantly emotional and genuine. Beautifully explained. Thank you!

Badlands of southern Guam

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Unknown to most, a very good article


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Thank you so much for your work! You have written very well!

Organic Act

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Today I got to read things I haven't read/knew about. This passage that I read is very informational and taught me new things.

Spanish Forts

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Very interesting, it helped me expand my knowledge related to the archipelago. Thank you so much

Padre de Vera

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   I've read your articles over the years. Just wanted to say thanks. They've been informative.

Leprosy in Guam

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   informative. confirms oral history from my mother and her mother

Fiesta Table

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   This will help my younger family on how to prepare a table

Spam Fried Rice

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   This recipe helped me a lot with my CHamoru presentation for CHamoru class. I was able to demonstrate and execute the recipe almost perfectly.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   I love reading about Guam history and traditions! Thanks maintaining Guampedia for our future generations.

I Tinituhon

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Enjoyed the video and story

Octopus: A Genius Among the Spineless

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   this is a very well written article for the non-science folks, leaving the reader even more interested in these amazing animals.

US Navy War Crimes Trials

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Great info. I was stationed at Andersen AFB outside Yigo '85-'87 and never knew any of this. Thanks for the work it took to gather this material.

Pedro Calungsod

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Good information on a saint of the Catholic Church.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Beautifully written entry! I enjoyed all of information provided and how nicely put together it was. saina ma'åse'


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   My siblings are researching this tradition for the first time. I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to be a part of this as my cultural tradition.

Stops Along the Manila Galleon Trade Route

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   It was really great in every way

Rosa Aguigui Reyes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Proud to have known her. Very moved of the accomplishments she has made. Making paths for our future Chamorro women.

Origin of Guam’s Indigenous People

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Very enlightening and educational indeed! I commend Dr. Reid for his passion, scholarship, and his extensive research into this fascinating and perplexing topic.

Japanese Occupation of Guam

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   A very useful history for me. I've been here on Guam for two months following the accounts of my Great Uncle who fought with the 3rd Marines on Guam.