Chamorrita Song



Williams, Danielle P

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Rooted in oral tradition, this thesis pays homage to how Black and Chamorro cultures have relied on artistic expression to reconcile lifetimes of imposed trauma. These poems actively participate in ancient cultural traditions, learning from, expanding on, and adapting indigenous practices that were used as both performance and a means to discuss issues and concerns in respective communities. Bearing witness to these many narratives, I hope to show how poetry and song actively participate in the education and continued legacy of Black and Indigenous people at risk of losing their voices in history. These poems act as song and prayer. They adapt and transform and have the ability to spread the messages of those long silenced.


This thesis has been embargoed for 10 years. It will not be available until April 2031 at the earliest.


Poetry, Oral tradition, Chamorro, Call and response, Slave songs, Indigenous and Black narratives