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Repositioning the MissionaryRewriting the Histories of Colonialism, Native Catholicism, and Indigeneity in Guam$
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Vicente M. Diaz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834340

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834340.001.0001

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The Oral Cavity

The Oral Cavity

Providential Historiography and the Silencing of Native Witnesses

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(p.55) Chapter 2 The Oral Cavity
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Repositioning the Missionary
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Vicente M. Diaz

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834340.003.0002

In Chapter 1 it was argued that the Positio's narrativizing remakes Matå'pang as an agent of the devil in ways that allow him to be used as a kind of negative witness to the authenticity of San Vitores' martyrdom. In turn, the martyrdom is said to bear witness to God's hand in the life and death of the saint. This chapter continues to argue that the production of the historical documentation used to authenticate the veracity of San Vitores' killing by Matå'pang also involves the simultaneous invocation and elision of Native voices in ways analogous to Matå'pang's symbolic and discursive treatment, including the familiar circular and self-referential logic encountered in the theological argumentation used in the Positio. It is further argued that the labor expended to demonstrate the credibility of the documentation and the veracity of the event mirrors the political history of colonial subjugation by way of negative historical and cultural representations of Natives.

Keywords:   Diego Luis de San Vitores, martyr, martyrdom, Mata'pang, historical documentation

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