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Conference perpetuates indigenous Pacific languages

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It's a celebration of language and culture. The 35th Annual International Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association Conference kicked-off at the University of Guam this morning. Vice president Rosa Palomo said PIBBA aims to cultivate and perpetuate indigenous languages across the Pacific.

"There is a revitalization going on there are more occasions where we hear the Chamorro language being spoken," he explained. "That's a good sign, but it can't stop there, it has to go beyond that - it has to infuse itself everywhere."

She said the best way to protect our language is to teach and use it- a shared goal of PIBBA members which include Hawaii, American Samoa, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. The conference ends this Wednesday.

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