Museums in Militarized/Colonized Spaces: The Case of the Mariana Islands

  • Saturday, October 7, 2023
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am
  • Hilton Pasadena, Pasadena Ballroom


Elyssa Santos, Archeological Curation Specialist, Guam Cultural Repository
Nicole Duenas, Collections Lab Manager, Guam Cultural Repository
Erlinda Naputi, Library Director, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library
Archie Ajoste, Administrative Assistant, NMI Museum


Michael Bevacqua, Curator, Guam Museum


  • Indigenous

Learning Format: Passive Learning

The Mariana Islands, comprised of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands exist on the edge of the United States in multiple ways. These islands are modern-day colonies of the US and are of significant strategic value to its US. This panel will focus on the challenges that are faced by the indigenous people of the islands in terms of managing museums and other similar educational institutions in heavily militarized, colonial spaces.