Andrew Gumataotao, M.A.
Andrew Gumataotao is a CHamoru from the village of Hagåtña in Guåhan (Guam). He is a former East-West Fellow and MA graduate student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Prior to graduate school, he was teaching CHamoru language, culture and music in the Guam Public School System. He has taught at Guam’s CHamoru Immersion School, Hurao Academy and received his undergraduate education at the University of Guam in Music and CHamoru Studies.
His research and career goals include CHamoru identity and its many articulations via music, cultural heritage and its intersection with social movements for indigenous rights. Andrew has been involved in many community-based projects on Guam. His most current project entitled, Tåhdong Marianas is one in which he along with a group of young scholars, activists, filmmakers and artist have been collecting the stories of musicians and cultural practitioners across the Marianas archipelago.