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Guahan: A Bibliographic History

Nicholas J. Goetzfridt
Foreword by Anne Perez Hattori
Copyright Date: 2011
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    Book Description:

    Goetzfridt's work demonstrates the dynamics of history, each generation considering past events in light of current realities and contemporary understandings of the world. This volume, therefore, is important not simply because it provides us with an invaluable and substantial fount of references that will be supremely useful to teachers, scholars, and all enthusiasts of Mariana Islands history. Its importance lies also in its packaging as a resource for current and future generations to understand the changing face and contested space of Guam history. -from the Foreword by Anne Perez Hattori

    Blending bibliographic integrity with absorbing essays on a wide range of historical interpretations, Nicholas Goetzfridt offers a new approach to the history of Guam. Here is a treasure trove of ideas, historiographies, and opportunities that allows readers to reassess previously held notions and conclusions about Guam's past and the heritage of the indigenous Chamorro people. Particular attention is given to Chamorro perspectives and the impact of more than four hundred years of colonial presences on Micronesia's largest island.

    Extensive cross-references and generous but targeted samples of historical narratives compliment the bibliographic essays. Detailed Name and Subject Indexes to the book's 326 entries cover accounts and interpretations of the island from Ferdinand Magellan's "discovery" of Guahan ("Guam" in the Chamorro language) in 1521 to recent events, including the Japanese occupation and the American liberation of Guam in 1944. The indexes enable easy and extensive access to a bounty of information. The Place Index contains both large and localized geographic realms that are placed vividly in the context of these histories. An insightful Foreword by Chamorro scholar Anne Perez Hattori is included.

    eISBN: 978-0-8248-6030-1
    Subjects: Anthropology, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword Spirits in the Archives: Taotaomo’na Experiences, Hurao’s Historiographical Critique, and the History of Guam
    (pp. ix-xviii)
    Anne Perez Hattori

    In the summer of 2008, I made my third research trip to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. These archives hold the files of the U.S. federal government, from the Declaration of Independence to the 1901 Guam petition to the U.S. Congress, and from the daily logs of navy ships docked in Apra Harbor to those of passenger ships arriving at Ellis Island. Each of my visits to the National Archives focused on records of the U.S. Naval government of Guam from 1898 to 1941, and though most of the work ranks as uneventful and monotonous, occasional encounters with awe-inspiring...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xix-xix)
  5. [Map]
    (pp. xx-xxii)
  6. Introduction
    (pp. 1-16)

    This book attempts to offer several things, the diverse substance of a history; the reflection of a historical literature on the island of Guam that one could interpret in a number of ways; and the possibility that although this book covers a finite period of publications and thought, it still can convey a time and a people that exists far beyond preconceived notions of how long the value of a book can last. Guam’s history has been organized in a few attempts at chronological overviews: Carano and Sanchez 1964, Nelson and Nelson 1992, Rogers 1995, as well as in some...

  7. Guåhan
    (pp. 17-574)

    In this translation of a diary section “reputed to be that of one of Legazpi’s traveling companions” (Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi landed in the Mariana Islands in 1565 and claimed the archipelago for Spain), Abella describes the Spanish encounter with Chamorros on Guam in four hundred canoes who “brought for trade dry and green coconuts, sugar-canes, green bananas, ricetamales, and other foodstuff of that nature, but in small quantities of each kind—2 or 3 coconuts for each native, one sugar cane or two” (p.19). Pilots of the Spanish Ship initially thought they had reached the Philippines....

  8. Subject Index
    (pp. 575-592)
  9. Name Index
    (pp. 593-612)
  10. Place Index
    (pp. 613-618)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 619-627)