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.
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