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AA187C – Week 2 Lecture 2 17/01/2008 14:02:00 Navigating Guam, Samoa and Hawaii I. Chamorro Society and Spanish Rule A. Reduccion (1668) B. Kustumbren Chamorro II. Fa’a Samoa A. Nu’u, Ali’I and Tulafale B. The War of 1869-1973 III. Hawaiians and the Kapu System A. The Kapu B. Ka’ahumanu Keywords: Reduccion, The War of 1869-1873, Ka’ahumanu What are the parallels and similarites among Guam, Samoa and Hawaii? (What about  these island groups?) Geographically, they are the larger of the island groups Canoe culture, navigation – symbol and reality of deeper interconnectedness among the  islands also including survival Outside of the canoe culture, there are many differences
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Chamonos of the Marianna Islands, Guam Samoans of Samoa Hawaiians or Hawaii Chamonos - Early Spanish colonialism Samoans – struggled with the interest of American and European eceonic relationships  (German, British) Hawaiians – English and British Christians Perceived Americans as strangers with different language systems and ideas The primary agents of change; transactions were on their terms Religion Pre-Christian Chamorro Classes 1. The Matua – high ranking; respected by society at large 2. The Acha’ot – intermediate class; could rise in power and become a Matua  themselves; mobile (could move upward) 3. The Manachang – lower class; labor and exploited class; deferred to the Matua and  the Acha’ot inafamoalek – to make good; struturing and organizing principle for relationships within  the Chamorro Classes and those outside by making good, they learned to work together and when the need arose,  then made food and helped each other women were equally and sometimes, more powerful than men
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o If a Chamorro woman found her man with another woman (if she  disapproved) then she attacked the man with the help of the other  Chamorro women o But when the Spanish talked about them, they talked to them as sexual  beings and sexual acts (out of Christian culture, and anxiety of that  kind of power with women) o As one Spanish missionary noted: “Sometimes the woman, who has 
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