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Stick Dancing

Five people in a circle, each one holds two four foot sticks.
Then the dance was a sequence where the people would hit the
sticks on the ground then together and then to the person to
each side and then to the center. Each movement required very
specific steps.

Submitter comment: The sticks used were usually bamboo but did not have to be.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Group

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For this game you need a six foot long stick like bamboo and a
four inch deep crevice that is about two or three inches wide
and another stick that is six to eight inches. You lay the
small stick across the whole. Use the big stick to fling the
small one and the other children in the field would try to
catch the flung stick. They throw it back to the batter and
he would try to bat it back. The stick if hit by the batter
would earn him points. If it is missed he can still earn
points by placing another small stick, teeter taughter on the
hole, flipping it into the air and then trying to bat it with
the long stick. The number of points you get is determined by
how far you hit the small stick and it is caught. You keep
playing until you must go in and then the person with the most
points wins. Or you can play by the round each player with one
turn and at the end the player with the most points wins.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

James Callow Keyword(s): teeter-totter

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00001800's

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If you light a candle and pray to St Christopher, whatever
direction the candle flicker points to is the direction of a
lost item.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00001970'S

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Coin Game

Make a hole in the ground about the size of a coin and six
inches deep. The line is about six feet away from the hole
First thing that is done is everyone playing puts in a given
amount of coins. The first player then stacks all the coins
up and tosses them all at the same time, from behind the line
to the hole. Every coin that you make into the hole you get
to keep. All the rest of the coins are then collected and
passed to the next player. When there is only one coin left
you flip for it and the game is then over.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P560

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Chimora Week

This is a festival held every year in the last week of March.
The purpose of this festival is to pass down ancient
Chammarrow customs. The festival only started in the 1970's
because that is when the Native Guamanians felt they were
losing sight of their origins. During this week, the people
build and live in huts. They fish, hunt, make salt, do native
dances and live as the Chammarrow people did in the old days.
Each day is a fiesta.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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When you go into the jungle, you cannot urinate in the wild
without asking permission from the Tata-Mora. If you do, then
something bad relating to what you did will happen.

Submitter comment: Tata-Mora is an elder of the village.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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Instead of shaking hands or bowing to your elders, you must
kiss their hands. This was the way to greet them and a sign
of respect.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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This form of stick dance requires 4 people. Two of the people
hold each end of two poles that are about six to eight feet in
length. The remaining two people then dance with the moving
sticks, stepping in and out of them. It is almost like a form
of jumprope.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Group

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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