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Senior Airman Frank Santos, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron mission generation vehicular equipment maintainer, plays an ukulele and sings “Gai Asi nu Guahu” (“Have Mercy on Me”) at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 16, 2022. Santos hails from Agat, Guam and has Chamorro ancestry. While the ukulele was popularized in the U.S. by Hawaiian influence its roots are in the Portuguese “braguinha” or “machete de braga”. Music has been an important cultural element to the people of Guam and the surrounding Marianas Islands since they were first settled over 4,500 years ago. While most of the indigenous people’s history has been lost to time, the first European visitors, during the 16th century took note of the importance of music as it was intertwined into cultural practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia)
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