Friday, December 5, 2008

Encounter with Chamorros

Chamorros are the indigenous inhabitants of Guam. They first populated the island approximately 4000 years ago. Typically, the body built of a Chamorro is huge. They love eating beef and other meat. I had the chance to interact with some of them in the island. I met a farmer and a fisherman.

Can you notice the hand gesture of the Chamorro on the photo? Its a sign of hafa adai, which means hello in their native language. They speak the Chamorro language which is an agglutinative language which means that root word can be modified by an unlimited number of affixes. The language has so many Spanish loanwords owing to the fact that they were colonized by the Spaniards. They use buenas dihas, tatdes and noches for greetings, put favot for please and adios for goodbye.


Anonymous said...

that guy is filipino hes not a local chamoru! you need to fix that info!!

Edwin Antonio said...

i'll check on this. thanks for your comment.