5th Marianas History Conference Day 1 - 3

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Panel: Cultural Identities

Solidarity Foods

Cross Cultural Visions for a Decolonized and Food Sovereign Guahan

By Kristin Oberiano

Harvard University

Abstract: Historically, Indigenous CHamoru political self-determination on Guåhan has been challenged by the United States, Filipino, and other nonCHamoru ethnic groups, especially in regard to the political status plebiscite. Yet, there is an increasing number of Filipino and non-CHamoru people who acknowledge that the plebiscite is solely the right of the CHamoru people. In addition to standing in solidarity with the CHamoru plebiscite, I ask how can Filipinos and non-CHamorus actively participate and contribute to the decolonization of Guåhan in ways that do not detract from CHamoru voices, perspectives, and self-determination. What would it mean to envision Filipino and non-CHamoru solidarity beyond the question of political status? What can Filipinos offer to decrease the island’s reliance on imperial structures? Through an intersection of Filipino migration stories and CHamoru decolonization movements, I demonstrate how Filipinos and other non-CHamorus can contribute to CHamoru decolonization by participating in the food sovereignty movement to decolonize our islands’ food, diets, and food systems.The food sovereignty movement decolonizes Guåhan by fostering cross-cultural relationalities, supporting local farms and agriculture, increasing food security, and contributing to the greater independence of Guåhan.

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The History of Understanding Whales in our Waters article cover image

The History of Understanding Whales in our Waters

1min
pages 105-113
Sea-Lanes of Antiquity article cover image

Sea-Lanes of Antiquity

1min
pages 75-101
Valuing our Ancestral Knowledge in the Seafaring System article cover image

Valuing our Ancestral Knowledge in the Seafaring System

1min
pages 65-72
Places Without Names and Names Without Places? article cover image

Places Without Names and Names Without Places?

1min
pages 33-62
Solidarity Foods article cover image

Solidarity Foods

1min
pages 9-14
The Dawn of America’s Pacific Empire article cover image

The Dawn of America’s Pacific Empire

1min
pages 279-310
Jesuit Presence in the Mariana Islands article cover image

Jesuit Presence in the Mariana Islands

1min
pages 211-246
Fortifications as Geometric Machines article cover image

Fortifications as Geometric Machines

1min
pages 181-210
Marianas on Display article cover image

Marianas on Display

1min
pages 249-278
Governor Jose Ganga Herrero article cover image

Governor Jose Ganga Herrero

1min
pages 247-248
Manila Galleon Shipwrecks  article cover image

Manila Galleon Shipwrecks

1min
pages 179-180
Reporting on the Marianas and Their Inhabitants in Early 18th-century Germany article cover image

Reporting on the Marianas and Their Inhabitants in Early 18th-century Germany

1min
pages 171-178
The Chamorro Village of Guam after Resettlement article cover image

The Chamorro Village of Guam after Resettlement

1min
pages 143-170
If Magellan had Balutan article cover image

If Magellan had Balutan

1min
pages 115-142
Fatto Famalao’an article cover image

Fatto Famalao’an

1min
pages 15-16
Pakaka i Pachot-mu! CHamoru Yu’! article cover image

Pakaka i Pachot-mu! CHamoru Yu’!

1min
pages 17-18
Pacific Ocean: A 500 Year-old Word article cover image

Pacific Ocean: A 500 Year-old Word

1min
pages 21-32
Interpreting an Authentic Chamorro Sakman from the Historic Record article cover image

Interpreting an Authentic Chamorro Sakman from the Historic Record

1min
pages 73-74
Exploring Latte in the Marianas article cover image

Exploring Latte in the Marianas

1min
pages 63-64
Of Songs of Birds and Whales, How Much Must We Lose? article cover image

Of Songs of Birds and Whales, How Much Must We Lose?

1min
pages 103-104
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