The Chamorro language is spoken in Guam (known as Guåhan in the Chamorro language), an island in the Pacific Ocean that is an unincorporated territory of the U.S. The number of Chamorro speakers in Guam is unknown; however, a new survey funded by an ANA (Administration for Native Americans) grant has been undertaken to try to answer that question.
Pa’a Taotao Tano’, a non-profit organization in Guam, conducted Guam’s first island-wide Chamorro Language Assessment Survey. All 19 villages were surveyed in January through a door-to-door campaign. A total of 6524 survey forms were collected.
Pa’a Taotao Tano’ hopes to use the information to compose a strategic plan that will help the Chamorro people reach the goals of preserving and perpetuating the indigenous language.
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