Kåntan Hereru – A Black Smith’s SongDirected by Sean Lizama
Cast: Francisco “Corned Beef” Cruz Lizama
Kåntan Hereru highlights the traditions of blacksmithing that CHamorus took up hundreds of years ago from the Spanish, artfully depicting its multitude of meanings. An essential aspect of daily agricultural life, the tradition helped sustain a people for hundreds of years. Kåntan Hereru, like all songs, is a memory of that time. It is a vignette of the sustainable living that flourished for hundreds of years. This song is a reminder of what was and what we can be.
This series of films and conversations is a collaboration with our National Multicultural Alliance (NMCA) partner, Pacific Islanders…
These tales from the Pacific dive deep into our relationship with land, culture, and mythology: a Samoan girl reconciles her spiritual connection to the sugar plantation her family works on, a Chamoru Master blacksmith seeks a place for his craft in the modern world, a desperate young woman takes on a mysterious job retrieving sacred stones, and scientists urgently attempt to save Hawaiian snails as they face imminent extinction.