Legendary Chamorro Strength

Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

in The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038070
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043135 | DOI:
Legendary Chamorro Strength

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This chapter is about a prehistoric Chamorro man from the island of Tinian whose osteobiography suggests that he was a stone worker-one of the elite masons who constructed the huge latte stone sets that are the cultural symbol of the Chamorro. His stature and robusticity lend truth to the legends about the physical prowess of the ancient chiefs and the descriptions of “giants” by early Spanish visitors to the Marianas.

Keywords: Osteobiography; Chamorro; Latte Period; Tinian; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Museum of History and Culture; Taga Site; Legends; Culture heroes; Posterior cranial superstructures; Occipital superstructures (OSS); Humerus robusticity

Chapter.  7423 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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