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Marriage Ancient Chamorro family structure is matrilineal, meaning that the eldest woman in a clan held all the power and wealth. When a young man found a woman he was interested in marrying, he requested that his uncle and mother broker the courtship. The young woman’s family was provided with wealth from the young man’s family. Once married, the wife would move to the husband’s village, but the wealth she obtained stayed with her and her family. If the husband was considered unfaithful or did not keep his wife happy in accordance with the training he had received in the Guma Uritao, the wife could leave him, return to her family, taking all her wealth with her.