Friday, April 2, 2010

Chamorro Artifacts

Spondylus beads faced down. The one to the far right is either being prepared for beads or inlay. A hole has not been drilled on this piece.

Spondylus bead artifacts and possibly a spondylus inlay

A closer view of the spondylus artifacts.

Slingstone artifacts.

Higam hima artifacts most of which are incomplete. At the bottom shows some of the broken off blade while the top shows the back side.

This one is tricky. My son and I found this on a previous beach combing. After careful examination, I am 100% sure it is a bead made from a clam shell. However, I do not know if it's an artifact or not. If it turns out that it's not, well it's a find worth posting.

Different angle.

Another angle.

Same bead as above.

Broken off gachai or higam alutong.

A boars tusk my son and I found on a previous beach combing.

This are just some of the things we found during our search for artifacts. At the center, is a spondylus that has a hole drilled through it.

My supply of boars tusks. These were procured from the northern islands.

My very own lusong. A part of my history right in front of my house in Agingan. Lusongs were usually made from volcanic rock, and were used to prepare food and medicine. Notice that this particular lusong is very deep and three more were being formed. The indentures are noticeable with this illustration.

Some ornaments in the front yard.

Supply of deer antlers ready for carving. These were procured from the island of Luta.

Latte Stone ornament in the front yard carved by my son Gordon Jr.

Tritons Trumpet; Kulu.

Ancient Chamorro Village drawn by Noel B. Quitugua.

Acrylic painting by Noel B. Quitugua

Haguet I carved from the giant clam shell with designs.

Same Haguet at a different angle.

Same haguet beaded with letter cone.

Same haguet at a different angle.


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