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Exalted Sits the Chief: The Ancient History of Hawai'i Island (review)

Exalted Sits the Chief: The Ancient History of Hawai'i Island (review) book reviews sacred by lineages as political-territorial symbols. Chapter IV is an immensely interesting account of the initial period of Western contact with Chamorro society, beginning with Magellan's discovery of the Mariana Islands on 6 March 1521 and his subsequent brief but unpleasant stop in Guam for a few days. As Russell notes, the Chamorro perspective of this first encounter, now lost to history, would undoubtedly be quite di¤erent from that presented by the Spanish. Despite the brief yearly Spanish galleon visits to the Mariana Islands to replenish water and food supplies on their passage between Acapulco and Manila, there was apparently very little change in Chamorro society until 1668, which was when Father Diego Luis de Sanvitores began his zealous missionizing e¤orts in Guam, aided by Spanish colonial authority and policies of subjugation. Although traditional Chamorro culture lingered on for a few more decades and there were episodes of strong and sometimes relatively protracted resistance, 1668 was clearly the beginning of what proved to be an avowed Spanish determination to destroy Chamorro culture. As Russell points out, the mission ´ policy of reduccion (resettlement into mission villages) was a blow from which Chamorro culture could not recover, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

Exalted Sits the Chief: The Ancient History of Hawai'i Island (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 40 (2) – Jan 11, 2001

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book reviews sacred by lineages as political-territorial symbols. Chapter IV is an immensely interesting account of the initial period of Western contact with Chamorro society, beginning with Magellan's discovery of the Mariana Islands on 6 March 1521 and his subsequent brief but unpleasant stop in Guam for a few days. As Russell notes, the Chamorro perspective of this first encounter, now lost to history, would undoubtedly be quite di¤erent from that presented by the Spanish. Despite the brief yearly Spanish galleon visits to the Mariana Islands to replenish water and food supplies on their passage between Acapulco and Manila, there was apparently very little change in Chamorro society until 1668, which was when Father Diego Luis de Sanvitores began his zealous missionizing e¤orts in Guam, aided by Spanish colonial authority and policies of subjugation. Although traditional Chamorro culture lingered on for a few more decades and there were episodes of strong and sometimes relatively protracted resistance, 1668 was clearly the beginning of what proved to be an avowed Spanish determination to destroy Chamorro culture. As Russell points out, the mission ´ policy of reduccion (resettlement into mission villages) was a blow from which Chamorro culture could not recover,

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Asian PerspectivesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 11, 2001

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