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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 University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834340.001.0001

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Kinship with Matå'pang

Kinship with Matå'pang

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(p.174) Chapter 6 Kinship with Matå'pang
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Repositioning the Missionary
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Vicente M. Diaz

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834340.003.0006

This chapter is an extension of the critical project began in Chapter 5. By treating Matå'pang as an important mediating sign in the San Vitores story, it draws out the symbolic kinship relations between the two by first calling attention to the gendered terms of Catholic kinship that San Vitores introduced among the Chamorros in the seventeenth century. Such terms are now deployed in the twenty-first-century move by Chamorro Catholics to canonize San Vitores and in contemporary Chamorro devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. But particularly because of Matå'pang's importance in the telling of the San Vitores story, the chapter returns to key moments in their fateful encounter for narratological clues that might provide an alternative reading of Matå'pang and the meanings he is taken to exemplify. These are found in San Vitores and Matå'pang's final moments together in a canoe in Tomhom Bay.

Keywords:   Diego Luis de San Vitores, Matå'pang, kinship, Chamorros, Catholics

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