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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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Repositioning the Missionary

Vicente M. Diaz

University of Hawai'i Press

This prologue provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book is a cultural and historical study of indigeneity that considers the story of the Diego Luis de San Vitores and his killer, village chief Matå'pang, as emblematic of Chamorro political and cultural history in Guam. More precisely, it examines the narrativization—the discursive or linguistic crafting or telling—of this political and cultural history, but with an eye towards revealing how colonialism works through representational practices, and to revealing which residual indigenous cultural and political meanings have not been allowed to circulate under an equally complex and enduring colonial legacy over the past four centuries.

Keywords:   Diego Luis de San Vitores, Matå'pang, Guam, political history, cultural history, colonialism, Chamorro

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