After over 20+ years of conducting Chamoru dance, language and cultural workshops, Kutturan Chamoru Foundation launched the “1st Annual Ta Fan Apåtte Chamoru Immersion Camp – Let’s Share” on August 4-6, 2015 at California State University, Long Beach. Ta Fan Apåtte Chamoru Immersion Camp, the first of its kind in the Continental US, welcomes participant ages 10 years of age and up. The Immersion Camp includes accommodations and meals for 3 days and 2 nights at the California State University Long Beach dorms and dining hall.
The goals of Ta Fan Apåtte Chamoru Immersion Camp is for participants to gain insight on the Chamoru culture, while developing an appreciation for the traditions, language and preservation of their native heritage. Participants gained self-identity and leadership skills to better prepare them for high school, college, and career and community service.
Chamoru Immersion Workshops included:
- Art Medina, EOP Advisor, CSULB
High school/College/Career Preparation
- Dr. Keith Camacho, Professor, UCLA
Japanese Colonialism in the Marianas
- John Fejeran, Founder and CEO,
Foundation for Chamorro Arts Crafts Artifacts and Education
- Janelle Ferjeran, Health and Fitness Instructor
Ancient Chamoru Living/Fishing Techniques
- Perci Flores, Founder, Cal-Islanders Humanitarian Association
Suruhåna/Suruhånu Chamoru Medicine Healers
- Peter Onedera, Master Story Teller
CHamoru Language, Story Telling and Culture
- Mario Borja, Master Navigator
Sakman Buliding/Kamyu Demonstration
- Heidi and Joey Quenga, Kutturan Chamoru Performers Fafa’nå’gue
Bailan Chamoru Workshop
With support from the Cheyenne Angelica, LLC and the KCF Board, we hope to continue the Annual Ta Fan Apåtte Chamoru Immersion Camp for future generations. If you would like to get involved, request an application to apply or make a donation for next year’s Chamoru Immersion Camp, please contact us below.
To inquire: email info@KutturanChamoru.org or call 562-972-0969.