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Nauruan warrior, 1880
|Regions with significant populations|
|Nauruan (native), English, Nauru Pidgin|
|Christianity, Shamanism, Animism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Polynesians, Melanesians and Micronesians|
The origin of the Nauruan people has not yet been finally determined. It was probably seafaring or shipwrecked Polynesians or Melanesians, who established themselves there because there was not already an indigenous population present, whereas the Micronesians were already crossed with the Melanesians in this area.
The Nauruans have two elements of their population: the native Micronesians and the Polynesians who had immigrated long before. The Micronesians are represented through coarse, dark hair; the Polynesians are lighter brown and have smoother, black hair. Through these two extremes the diverse traditions came to exist.
At about 1920, influenza spread through Nauru, which took a heavy toll on the Nauruans. In 1925, the first cases of diabetes was diagnosed by doctors. Today, depending on age, every second to third Nauruan is diabetic – a higher rate than any other country in the world.
- Nauruan language
- Nauruan nationality law, for the distinction between indigenous Nauruans and Nauruan citizens
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