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Smithsonian exhibit will be on display on Guam

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 by Isa Baza

Guam - Dive into some interactive art this week  while also learning a little bit about American history. The Guam Humanities Council is bringing Journey Stories, an exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, to Guam.

Humanities Council executive director Dr. Kimberlee Kihleng said, "This is the fourth time that we've partnered with the Smithsonian to bring a national Smithsonian-quality exhibit to Guam, and then we also always develop a local companion exhibit that focuses specifically on Guam so we connect Guam's story with the national story.

The national exhibit focuses on telling journey stories of American history, such as the journey of colonization, exploration, slavery, taming the wild west, and how all of these relate to American society. The local companion exhibit is entitled Sindalu. "We thought it would be really important given the important role the military plays in Guam and particularly Chamorro society to focus on not just the military but focusing on Chamorro journeys in the US military," he said.

Sindalu explores the journey of Chamorro service members, uncovering why they joined as well as shedding light onto personal narratives of those who served in World War I and World War II, as well as those who went on to become some of the military's highest ranked officials. "It tells an important role of American history but also of Guam history and if you're a resident of Guam, it's really important that you understand the community in which you live," she explained.

More than just a learning experience, however, Kihleng says the exhibit is also fun, noting, "And what's great for kids is it's really interactive, there's things you can pull and push and explore and there's just so many interactive things that children will enjoy."

The exhibit opens 6pm, January 22nd, at the first floor of the Agana Shopping Center, and will be open every day during store hours until March 21st. 
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