Once the Spanish won the religious battle, Chamorros
were generally free to go about their lives of raising their families and tending to their farms (Sanchez 1988; Rogers 1995).
Of 171,019 people, in Guam, Chamorros
are the largest population at 37 percent.
They are a part of the GVB's "Show Us Your Chamorro
" campaign intended to celebrate the Chamorro
spirit and connect with Chamorros
to keep them apprised of special activities on Guam in 2013.
For example, one respondent in higher education suggested that Chamorros
are "not a hyphenated people" but that being indigenous necessarily includes multiple identities.
These data together indicate that the origin of the Chamorro
people of the Marianas was elsewhere in Island Southeast Asia (ISEA), and south of Luzon.
Guam is a spiritual place where Chamorros
believe in a vigorous spiritual presence melded with Catholic dogma taught by the earliest Spanish missionaries.
This said, it must of course be acknowledged that circumstances over which the Chamorros
have had no control loom large in Guam's history.
A suspect for a time was the author's favorite plant, the cycad tree, whose seed, despite being toxic, is used to make a form of flour the Chamorros
call fadang or federico.
And the Chamorros
suffered from parkinsonism and Alzheimer-type dementia too.
The fiestas combine the traditions of the Chamorros
-- who first came to the island from southeast Asia about 3,000 years ago -- and the Spanish, who colonized Guam in the 1500's.
Although Native Hawaiians, Samoans and Guamanians or Chamorros
were the largest detailed Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in any combination groups, they grew at slower rates than many of the smaller detailed NHPI groups.
However, it was not until the rapidly shifting geopolitics after World War II that the US government paid attention to the demands of the Chamorros
people of Guam.