Monday, June 28, 2010


This is the Hima Kalang I had just finished carving. It's the biggest I've carved so far.

This is a Hima Kalang. This hima is from the Southern side of the island. Notice that it's no longer white but has turned caramel brown. The worm holes are clearly visible, atleast that's what I call them.

My daughter Ha'ani with the newly procured giant clams. These clams are pretty thick specimens. I will be carving more Sinahi/Kalangs from these giant clams.

Hima Shark Tooth with Slingstone center pendant

Latte Stone Cutout from the Conus Shell

Chamorro Flying Proa from the Guahan Islands Fair

Black Stone Sinahi


Sinahi/Kalang with Slingstone and Haguet

Assortment of Chamorro Alas

Hima Sinahi/Kalang

Tridacna Gigas Shell

More Tridacna Shells

Spondylus Haguet

Stone Haguet

Hima Haguet with Puka Shell beading

Hima Sinahi/Kalang in two different sizes

Other Hima Sinahi/Kalang Sizes


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Maga Lahi Size Hima Sinahi/Kalang

The rough cut of the Kalang

Carving it further

Finished Sinahi/Kalang. This is approximately 7 1/2" long and about 2 1/4" thick at the middle.

Different angle

Frontal View

Bottom View

Side View/With Signature

Different Angle

Threaded with Coconut Sennit and Spondylus Money Bead Lock

Front view with threads

Side view with threads

Actual Donning of the Sinahi/Kalang.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Sinahi/Kalang Artifact from Luta

Artifact Spondylus Beads

Artifact Sinahi/Kalang

Same Kalang

Front view of the Kalang

Top view of the Kalang

Kalang Antigu

This artifact Sinahi/Kalang is owned by Juan Mendiola of Luta. The spondylus beads are artifact as well.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Naftan Guelu yan Guela

Inside the Guma Higai with two talaya ready for fishing.

Same info as above; Gordon Jr.

Background: Guma Higai located along beach road. This is part of the Ancient Chamorro Village called Catanhuda until its forced abandonment in the mid 1700's.

Talaya fishing in the Songsong of Catanhuda now known as Civic Center Beach, Susupe.


Guma Higai at Cantanhuda; Gordon Jr.

 A view from within the guma higai.

Gordon Jr. standing infront of the guma higai; cantanhuda.

Click on the picture to enlarge in order to read the text.

Lusong in the Songsong of Alaian (Araiao) now known as part of Afetnas and San Antonio.

Acho Latte of Alaian (Araiao) Ancient Chamorro name of the village from which this latte stands. Maga'Lahi Ladahao (Chamorro Chief) from Sa'ipan was a a great chief from the said village. He refused to bow to the oppressive Spaniards; who forced the Catholic religion onto the Chamorro people. He refused to accept Spain as the new ruler of the Chamorro archipelago. MagaLahi Ladahao led the Chamorro people in many battles against the Spaniards. They respected him for his wisdom and valor. At one point, he drove the Spaniards fleeing back to Guahan (This is the original name, not GUAM).  Don Jose De Quirogo a brutal Commander responded by sending more reinforcements. In 1684, a fully armed fleet of ships landed at Tanapag and a fierce battle ensued. The Chamorros showered the fleet with lances and sling stones. The Spaniards, however, responded viciously with their guns and cannons. Hundreds of Chamorros died bravely. MagaLahi Ladahao, although wounded, managed to escape to the Gani islands (In Ancient Chamorro time, the Northern Islands north of Sa'ipan was known basically as the Gani Islands) to recover. He was later captured and brought to Guahan, where Quiroga swiftly ordered that MagaLahi Ladahao be put to death (Obtained through the research of Eddie L.G. Benavente).

Gordon Jr. standing beside the Acho Latte of Araiao.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Acho Latte and Higam/Gachai pieces

This is a plaque memorializing the Ancient Chamorro's. This plaque is located in front of the Guma Hustisia, Sa'ipan Chamorro archipelago.

Lusong in front of the Guma Hustisia. This is an Ancient Chamorro artifact.

Gordon Jr. standing beside a Latte Stone in front of the Guma Hustisia, Sa'ipan.

Broken off piece of the Higam Hima/Gachai. Here you can see the blade portion of the Higam. The back section has been broken off.

Another Higam Hima/Gachai. The blade section is visible and the back section has broken off.