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Nights of Storytelling: A Cultural History of Kanaky-New Caledonia

Raylene Ramsay


This is the first book to present and contextualize the founding texts of New Caledonia, a country sui generis in the relatively little-known French Pacific. Extracts from literary, ethnographic, and historical works in English translation introduce the many voices of a diverse culture as it moves toward “independence” or the “common destiny” framed by the 1998 Noumea Agreements. These texts reflect the coexistence of two major cultures, indigenous and European, shaped by the energies and shadows of empire and significantly influenced by one another. The book investigates the nature of overlap ... More

Keywords: New Caledonia, Europe, Pacific, freed convicts, Kanak texts, Kanak oral tradition, oral culture, French Pacific, 1998 Noumea Agreements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832223
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raylene Ramsay, editor
University of Auckland

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