Na'lå'la' I Taotao Tåno': Navigating the Performative Terrain of CHamoru Reclamations

dc.contributor.advisor Moulin, Jane Gumataotao, Andrew Mantanona
dc.contributor.department Music 2021-09-30T18:16:28Z 2021-09-30T18:16:28Z 2021 M.A.
dc.subject Music
dc.subject Decolonization
dc.subject Performativity
dc.subject Reclamation
dc.title Na'lå'la' I Taotao Tåno': Navigating the Performative Terrain of CHamoru Reclamations
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.abstract Many scholars have examined the decolonization movement of the CHamoru people of Guam however, little attention has been placed on how CHamoru expressive culture is a significant arena embedded in such calls for social justice. This thesis investigates the contested ground and oceans of CHamoru political rights through the framework of performativity that traces various facets of Indigenous reclamations throughout Guam’s history and contemporary reality. I draw insight from Pacific scholars that interrogate notions of tradition and Indigeneity while at the same time, interweaving CHamoru voices who actively use music and dance for the purposes of maintaining, reshaping, and perpetuating CHamoru culture. Through the perspective of an Indigenous CHamoru, I employ an ethnographic memoir approach to this applied ethnomusicological study of CHamoru resistance that is diffusely articulated in a myriad of ways through history, complicated life stories, political upheaval, militarization, and responses to ongoing colonization. By privileging CHamoru agency enmeshed in intellectual rigor, this thesis aims to articulate what Danielle Brown poignantly affirms as a study written from a place of familiarity, about places and people who are crucial to my continued development. Through decolonization lived in performance, this body of work is an “ethnography of home”.
dcterms.extent 161 pages
dcterms.language en
dcterms.publisher University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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