11 March 2009 | Hagatna
The Chamorro culture is alive and well in Guam. The Chamorro folks on the island are proud of their heritage. The Chamorro culture is an interesting blend. The Spanish ran things for 333 years prior to the fricas in Cuba. This has given the island some of the flavor found in the western Caribbean. The American influence is obvious but considered modern and not part of the traditional culture.
The Chamorro village is in the capital, Hagatna, and fires up every Wednesday for a big party. You can find traditional arts and crafts, lots of food and music, clothes and other traditional and not so traditional items. One guy is very traditional, he is a black smith and he makes all manner of traditional objects including Chamorrro swords.