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Heading to the Che’lu San Diego Chamorro Cultural Festival

Buenas yan Håfa Adai!


I’ll be demonstrating and exhibiting at the Che’lu San Diego Chamorro Cultural Festival which will be held at the California State University at San Marcos  tomorrow, March 28, 2015 from 11-6pm. Check me and the masters Jill Benavente (body ornamentation), Frank “Cornbeef” Lizama (blacksmith) & Greg Pangelinan (carving) who will be holding workshops at the festival.  Sign ups will be conducted in the morning at the Guam FestPac delegation canopy.


Si Yu’os Ma’åse’ for your continued support and if you are there stop by our booth and say Håfa Adai!



Where have all the weavers gone?

Just last month, I had the honor of being interviewed by a writer from the Marianas Variety.  A young lady by the name of Amber Word (not Amber Wood, as the article stated) asked if she could interview me for a possible article on indigenous weaving to be published in the paper.  On Sunday, July 6th, 2014, the article titled “Dream weaver – Where have all the weavers gone?” was published.

I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with her, even though it took quite a bit of time to setup for the interview!  I wanted to make sure all bases were covered and that any questions that might be asked could be answered quickly and easily through seeing the things I would be talking about.  So I setup up a fairly large display of what woven items I had available.  Here’s a photograph!

I fear that I may have talked and talked and talked forever, as I’m pretty passionate about weaving.  I talked about mostly everything!  How it all started, my journey up to this point, what I can weave, what I plan to weave, what materials I use, and well… The list probably could go on and on and on.

So, after a few hours of enduring the pain and suffering of my babbling on about weaving, I figured I should let her go and not tåne’ (detain) her any more.  After all, I thought it would be neat to be in the paper, so I better stop talking before she hates weaving!  A week or so later,  there’s an article in the Marianas Sunday Variety with really neat photographs of my work, and a write up that was true to the interview.

I’d like to thank Ms. Word for the opportunity to be interviewed and for the efforts she put in to write and submit this article.  It not only helps to perpetuate, preserve and protect the Chamorro culture, which that in and of itself is worthy of praise, but it exposes the masses who read this paper, both on island an across the globe digitally, to a facet of the Chamorro culture that isn’t seen on a daily basis, if ever.

Si Yu’os Må’åse’ ni todu i bidå-mu, Amber!

si James C. Bamba
Traditional CHamoru Åkgak Weaver

Here’s a screen shot of the article.


Chamorro Jewelry Evolving…

I was featured in the Guam Pacific Daily News in an article published on March 26, 2014, titled:  “Chamorro Jewelry Evolving – Homage paid to what was worn long ago” written by Lacee Martinez.  This article actually caught me by surprise as I figured they were going to just show pictures of the jewelry and do little descriptions.  Here’s a photograph of the article that was posted to my Facebook page by a friend!


I enjoyed reading the article however, there was just a couple mistakes that might throw some people off.  The woven rings that were featured, I had made from åkgak or pandanus leaves.  The other portion, was that the Guinahan Chamorro shop was moving to Harmon.  The Guinahan Chamorro shop, which is run by Julie “Jill” Benavente is moving to the Sagan Kotturan Chamoru Cultural Center in Tamuning, heading towards Tumon on Påle’ San Vitores Road just after exiting the loop it will be on your left before the intersection to Hilton Hotel.  You’ll see a large gate:


The center is scheduled to have it’s soft opening on Thursday,  July 31, 2014.  Stay tuned for more details.