5th Marianas History Conference Day 1 - 3

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Pakaka I Pachot-Mu! CHamoru Yu’! A Mestisa Rhetoric Analysis of Guam’s Chamaole Narratives

By Arielle Lowe

University of Hawai`i at Manoa and University of Guam

Abstract: In this project, I investigate identity formations of a specific Mestisa/ Mestisu group from Guam, known as Chamaole. Chamaoles are defined locally as descendants of both native Chamorros and White Americans. This research analyzes Chamaole individuals' encounters with identity ambiguity in Guam and the United States. This research deconstructs the published poetry of Chamaole authors: Jessica Perez-Jackson, Lehua M. Taitano, and Corey Santos. These poets primarily discuss racial, cultural, ancestral, linguistic, and political ambiguities. Interviews conducted with these poets provide additional data. Interpreting data from layered accounts, this study analyzes strategies Chamaoles use to navigate and overcome race-based conflicts and nurture a sense of belonging. In the context of Marianas history, I problematize race-based prejudice and institutional racism as an imported cultural worldview, which can be healed through observing our indigenous Chamoru values of family, kinship, and community.

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Articles inside

The History of Understanding Whales in our Waters

1min
pages 105-113

Sea-Lanes of Antiquity

1min
pages 75-101

Valuing our Ancestral Knowledge in the Seafaring System

1min
pages 65-72

Places Without Names and Names Without Places?

1min
pages 33-62

Solidarity Foods

1min
pages 9-14

The Dawn of America’s Pacific Empire

1min
pages 279-310

Jesuit Presence in the Mariana Islands

1min
pages 211-246

Fortifications as Geometric Machines

1min
pages 181-210

Marianas on Display

1min
pages 249-278

Governor Jose Ganga Herrero

1min
pages 247-248

Manila Galleon Shipwrecks

1min
pages 179-180

Reporting on the Marianas and Their Inhabitants in Early 18th-century Germany

1min
pages 171-178

The Chamorro Village of Guam after Resettlement

1min
pages 143-170

If Magellan had Balutan

1min
pages 115-142

Fatto Famalao’an

1min
pages 15-16

Pakaka i Pachot-mu! CHamoru Yu’!

1min
pages 17-18

Pacific Ocean: A 500 Year-old Word

1min
pages 21-32

Interpreting an Authentic Chamorro Sakman from the Historic Record

1min
pages 73-74

Exploring Latte in the Marianas

1min
pages 63-64

Of Songs of Birds and Whales, How Much Must We Lose?

1min
pages 103-104
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