But, as any Guamanian or Chamorro
would say, it's never about the size.
For some on Guam, the turmoil calls into question what it means to be Chamorro
on an island where religion is for many inseparable from indigenous culture.
In 1669, a year after they arrived, San Vitores reported that there were no distilled spirits in Guam and that the Chamorros
drank only rice water with shredded coconut, despite the shipwrecked Filipinos who had lived there for 23 years.
Como tratare de demostrar en este ensayo los chamorros
no fueron simples victimas del colonialismo, sino que se apropiaron de las costumbres y creencias foraneas, para incorporarlas a las suyas propias.
For example, one respondent in higher education suggested that Chamorros
are "not a hyphenated people" but that being indigenous necessarily includes multiple identities.
In the pre-European contact era, the local economy was self-sustaining through farming and fishing, and Chamorros
lived abundantly off the land and sea.
of the Spanish colonial rule was the conversion of the Chamorros
Once troops pushed inland, the Americans set up a permanent camp, known as Camp Susupe, where the friendly Chamorros
and Carolinians were divided from the Koreans and Japanese.
Of 171,019 people, in Guam, Chamorros
are the largest population at 37 percent.
For example, the Chamorros
population of Guam and Rota in the western Pacific have an unusually high prevalence of motor neuron disease, a syndrome that includes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), parkinsonism, and progressive dementia.
-- the native people of Guam -- believe the spirits of the ancients live in Banyan trees that flourish in the island's jungles.
Occupied by eighteen thousand Japanese civilians and over eight thousand Japanese army and navy forces prior to World War II, the island gradually lost its indigenous people, known as Chamorros