The culture of the Marianas Islands, including Tinian, Saipan, Rota, and Guam, reflects traditional Chamorro customs in a combination of indigenous pre-Hispanic forms, as well as American, Spanish and Mexican traditions. The Spanish later called them Chamorros, a derivative of the local word Chamurre meaning of Chamorri is "noble race". They began to grow rice on the island. Many scientists including ethnologists, doctors, botanists, archeologists came to Guam from Spain, Russia, France to study from the s, apart from Spanish governors who had written on the local people. Many of their collections are now in the Guam Museum. Early European navigators and missionaries described the aboriginal inhabitants of Guam: the men wore their hair loose or coiled in a knot on top of their heads, though there are also records of men with shaving their heads with the exception of a patch of hair about a finger long, which they left on the crown. Some of them also wore beards. Carrying a carved walking stick was a style among young men. Men were in charge of constructing houses and canoes, fishing, hunting birds, fruit bats and coconut crabs , as well as growing their own crops. Women's hair was worn very long, often reaching to the ground.
Contemporary Chamorro music is a ubiquitous part of life on Guam at the beginning of the 21st century and a key element of modern Chamorro culture. Chamorro music encompasses a wide variety of styles that reflect the wide variety of musical influences that have gained popularity through various historical eras. The sounds of modern Chamorro music are diverse ranging from older style batsu, jitterbug and cha cha to country and western, disco, rock and roll and island-style reggae. Most recently, a new form of Chamorro music is being created to accompany the modern versions of ancient Chamorro dances that are gaining popularity on the island. In addition to its entertainment value, Chamorro music has become one of the primary vehicles for the perpetuation of Chamorro language in the now English-language dominated popular culture of Guam. The genre has also developed a substantial market in the mainland United States wherever Chamorros from Guam and the Northern Marianas have settled. Although most Chamorro music today is influenced by outside cultural influences that have come to Guam in the post-World War II era, contemporary Chamorro musicians perpetuate a cultural practice with a lineage that goes back to ancient times. Music has been an important cultural element in the lives of the indigenous peoples of the Marianas since the islands were first settled about 4, years ago. While much of the information about these years has been lost, the first European visitors during the 16th and 17th centuries made note of the importance of music in various cultural practices on the island.
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Guam local DJ.. Our hearts are heavy this morning hearing about all the destruction supertyphoonyutu has caused our neighboring islands. I hope you'll enjoy my rendition. Thanks for watching. Originally from the Island of Agrigan but grew up in Saipan, here is singer Alfred Saures singing one of his many popular songs named "Poor Boy". Also, a big thank you to Dan Topasna for helping with the song. Freddy Saures. The amount of Chamorro language speakers have been steadily declining in recent years due to the lack of young people with the ability to speak Guam's native to
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