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Cultures of CommemorationThe Politics of War, Memory, and History in the Mariana Islands$
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Keith L. Camacho

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835460

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835460.001.0001

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On the Life and Death of Father Dueñas

On the Life and Death of Father Dueñas

(p.161) Chapter 7 On the Life and Death of Father Dueñas
Cultures of Commemoration

Keith L. Camacho

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the key themes explored in the social history of World War II, and in particular raises questions about the future of commemorative activities in the Mariana Islands given the changing politics of colonialism and indigenous cultural agency. To address these issues, the chapter looks at the life and death of Father Jesus Baza Dueñas, a Chamorro priest who worked in Japanese-occupied Guam. By sharing the story of Father Dueñas, it shows that the politics of colonialism, indigenous cultural agency, and commemoration continue to inform the meaning and direction of public memories. It also demonstrates that Chamorros, along with Americans and Japanese, actively and consciously make “history,” as much as “history” makes them.

Keywords:   social history, World War II, Mariana Islands, colonialism, indigenous cultural agency, Father Jesus Baza Dueñas, Guam, commemoration, public memories, Chamorros

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