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The Chamorro People

The Chamorro people are the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands.

The Chamorro people are commonly believed to have come from Southeast Asia at around 2000 BCE (Before Common Era – formerly known as BC). They were expert seafarers and skilled craftspeople familiar with intricate weaving and detailed pottery-making. The ancient Chamorros populated what is now known as the Mariana Islands.

See the map on left for a description of the Mariana Islands.

Thousands of current-day Chamorros still call the Mariana Islands home. However, thousands more make the world their home. Chamorros live not only on the mainland United States but also in various countries, especially as so many Chamorros are stationed abroad in the U.S. military services.

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

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