The Journey of the Chamoru People

by Brendaline Savella

Pages 2 and 3 of 18

THE JOURNEY OF THE CHAMORU PEOPLE 
Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities
Brendaline Savella
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The ancient Chamorus believed the world around them was full of spirits, they called them the Taotaomo'na. They showed their respect to the spirits by asking permission even before they could build their houses.
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The ancestors built their houses with stone foundation called latte', which consisted of a haligi (pillar) and tasa (capital). There were different types of houses: Gu'sahyan tasi (canoe house), guma' urritao (bachelor's house), and a meeting house just to name a few.
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The ancient Chamorus were made up of different clans. Each clan had a leader called a chief. They used carved tools made out of limestones or basalt such as sinahi to protect their clan.
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They also used Acho' alupat (slingshot) for hunting or fighting which was made out of braided rope. One end of the rope holds a stone ready to be released once there is an enemy or an animal such as deer or wild pig.
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