Study Guide: Research and Reflect on Guam’s Quest for Self-Determination 6
Research and Reflect on Guam’s Quest for Self-Determination
Political Science, Civics, Government, World History, Guam History, Chamorro Studies
High School, College
Research/Inquiry 20 – 40 Minutes
Reflection 60 – 120 Minutes
Access to guampedia.com and a computer
Note: Reflection papers can be emailed to instructor to remain paperless
The United States began its colonial administration of Guam in 1898. Today, more than 100 years later, Guam remains a colony of the US as an unincorporated territory. Because of this colonial status, the island and its people lack full self-government and guaranteed civil rights afforded to other US citizens.
Chamorros have fought numerous battles over many decades toward the attainment of self-government and citizenship with significant success. Yet ongoing debates in the 21st century over whether Guam truly is self-governing and its people equal citizens suggest that the drive for self-government and full US citizenship has not necessarily come to an end. The petitions of the early 20th century, with their rhetoric of loyalty to the United States and their call for political rights, would find parallels in the activism and struggle for self-determination and decolonization from the federal government prominent at the end of the century and that continues today.
Independent or Group viewing of Lazaro Quinata’s Guam’s Quest for Self-determination (run time: 8:00 minutes) and the Cabazon Band Of Mission Indians’ Let Freedom Ring: The Chamorro Search for Sovereignty (8 clips of varying lengths).
Read aloud designated entries on guampedia.com
- OPI-R: Organization of People for Indigenous Rights
- Sen. Angel Leon Guerrero Santos
- Nasion Chamoru
III. Reflection Questions
Students assigned to write a 2-3 page paper based on the reflection questions posed. Encourage students to think critically, to hasso and use their imaginations and share their voices. Questions can be specific to the particular exercise or general to the project.
- What are the issues behind the intense desire for self-determination by the people of Guam?
- What are your thoughts about the actions taken to achieve self-determination in the past?
- Have they inspired you or opened your eyes about these issues?
- Do you hope to see people keep fighting for self-determination for the Chamorro people? Why or why not?