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People of Guam
Chamorro boys dressed in traditional Cultural wear for a native dance (Photo courtesy of Guampedia)
The original inhabitants of Guam, the Chamorus (or Chamorros), are believed to have been of Indo-Malaya descent and have emigrated from southeastern Asia as early as 2,000 B.C. Through linguistic, archeological, and historical study, researchers have discovered that ancient and present day Chamorus are similar in that they both encompass the languages and cultures of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The present day Chamorus also are a rich mixture of many cultural and ethnic groups originating from Asia, Europe, Pacific Islands, and the Americas, making Guam a cosmopolitan community with many customs and traditions.