Oldest culture in Micronesia almost eradicatedStaff Writer | May 29, 2018
A Northern Marianas historian says the Spanish came so close to "eradicating" the native culture and only snippets remain of how the islands' ancestors lived during pre-colonial times.
Pacific Carolinian culture is an oral culture
She said the sparse information on ancient Chamorro culture has made it hard for cultural groups to present their culture in the form of dances and chants in hotels and other tourist spots.
Most hotels on Saipan instead present Polynesian dances in their cultural shows.
However Carolinian cultural preservationist Lino Olopai attributes the culture's absence in such showcases due to the Carolinian people's inherent shyness.
He added that Carolinian culture is also an oral culture, which explains the lack of writings and text about the indigenous people. ■