7.2.2 Håyi Hao: A Look Behind Cultural Identification in Guåhan
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Sat Feb 13, 2021
This paper explores settler colonialism in Guåhan, the largest of the Mariana Islands in Micronesia, through the lens of identification, specifically analyzing the etymological, cultural, and political histories behind the titles Chamoru and Guamanian. Although rooted in significantly different contexts, with the former linking to indigeneity and the latter reflecting locale, their meanings have obscured over time and are largely made interchangeable and synonymous by the indigenous and non-indigenous population alike. Although I examine the role and consequences of settler colonialism in obscuring these identities, I conclude by highlighting the resurgent practices of Chamorus in identifying their indigeneity and relationality.