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Repositioning the Missionary: Rewriting the Histories of Colonialism, Native Catholicism, and Indigeneity in Guam

Vicente M. Diaz


In the vein of an emergent Native Pacific brand of cultural studies, this book critically examines the cultural and political stakes of the historic and present-day movement to canonize Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores (1627–1672), the Spanish Jesuit missionary who was martyred by Matå'pang of Guam while establishing the Catholic mission among the Chamorros in the Mariana Islands. The book juxtaposes official, popular, and critical perspectives of the movement to complicate prevailing ideas about colonialism, historiography, and indigenous culture and identity in the Pacific. The book is divi ... More

Keywords: Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, Catholic mission, colonialism, indigenous culture, indigenous identity, Roman Catholic Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834340
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vicente M. Diaz, author
University of Michigan

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