Sunday, January 30, 2011

A little bit of culture

Sunday was another great day. 

After church, we went to Chamorro Village.
They were having a cultural festival.

We had lunch (*including red rice) and walked around the different booths to see local arts and crafts.

Of course, almost anywhere you go on Guam, you can see the ocean. 
It's one of my favorite things about this small island.

boys, rocks, see what's happening here

nope, don't know the cute kid,
Just taking a picture of the carabao
Don't know what a carabao is?
(I didn't either until we came to Guam)  
In short,   it's a domesticated water buffalo
But if you are still curious, you can read more about it here.

Zion enjoying local produce. 

You might recognize it as "star fruit",
here on Guam, they call it a Star Apple. 
Zion ate two,  they were a quarter. 

Pretty good treat!

Guam has bits of influence from many, many different places.
But the language is mostly a Spanish based language influence from the 1500's and the Spanish settlers that arrived here.  The U.S. purchased Guam from Spain for 20 million dollars at the end of the Spanish / American War in 1899.

Most of the dances that you see give you a Hawaiian feel, but from what I have read, this style of dance is not traditional, but rather a reflection of embracing the different cultures Guam has been influenced by in the last one hundred years.  Either way, I think it's cool to watch!


  1. I can't believe how long Zi's hair is! Love it!

    What a fun day! I am such a sucker for those types of events! :)

  2. Reminds me of a Veggie Tales song: Everybody's got a water buffalo, oh yours is fat but mine is slow...