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Inarajan turns to its heritage to attract visitors

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by Adam Harder

Guam - In an effort to promote local jobs and attract visitors, residents of Inarajan are turning to their heritage. By guiding visitors through a glimpse of Inarajan's rich history, residents of the village are able to promote a promising future for its historic sites and for those who work in them. Local farmers are teaming up with the village of Inarajan to show visitors the tastes, architecture, and heritage   of the south.

Historian Judy Flores told KUAM News, "So there was a master plan done about four or five years ago by the architects association where they took information from the villagers. The master plan is to turn this village around and make it something that visitors will enjoy and it would also help build jobs down here."

In teaming up with Gef Pago park, the village of Inarajan provides a unique cultural experience each week in which visitors can do a variety of things like eat fresh food cooked in a 17th Century Spanish oven, or enjoy cultural dances. Flores said, "We just want to continue inviting farmers we do this every Sunday, we do our baked breads every Sunday morning, and then we turn it to pizza in the afternoon and we're inviting produce vendors local artists and crafters to come down and set up for free. Its' not my street, it's their street. So come set up for free, sell your wares."

By choosing to participate in Inarajan's weekly heritage event visitors are also choosing to preserve one of the best remaining parts of the islands pre-war culture. 

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