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Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy Nalani McDougall, and Georganne Nordstrom

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838959

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838959.001.0001

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“I Lina‘la‘ Tataotao Ta‘lo”

“I Lina‘la‘ Tataotao Ta‘lo”

The Rhetoric and Aesthetics of Militarism, Religiosity, and Commemoration

(p.181) Chapter Fourteen “I Lina‘la‘ Tataotao Ta‘lo”

Craig Santos Perez

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the rhetoric and aesthetics of militarism, religiosity, and commemoration by focusing on the price Guåhan (Guam) and its people have paid in terms of lives lost in wars and in destruction and desecration of land. Weaving the personal with the political, the chapter highlights the death that colonial powers and their wars bring to a community and juxtaposes that with the story of the many ways Chamorros have fought and continue to fight to sustain their communities with words, poems, and stories. It calls on Chamorro writers to continue to deconstruct and decolonize the colonial narratives of salvation, liberation, and loyalty in favor of narratives of survival, resistance, and sovereignty.

Keywords:   rhetoric, aesthetics, militarism, religiosity, commemoration, Guåhan, wars, Chamorros, Chamorro writers, colonial narratives

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