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Nights of StorytellingA Cultural History of Kanaky-New Caledonia$
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Raylene Ramsay

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832223

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832223.001.0001

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Living in the Bush

Living in the Bush

(p.163) Chapter Twelve Living in the Bush
Nights of Storytelling
Raylene Ramsay
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents translated extracts from the works of Marc Le Goupils, Paul Bloc, and Jean Mariotti. Le Goupils lived in New Caledonia between 1898 and 1904. He came to join his two brothers, who had been farming for four years, and took over an adjoining property. In Dans la brousse calédonienne Le Goupils describes the introduction of schooling for the Kanak children employed on the farm, and this account is an interesting adjunct to the history of the slow and gradual inclusion of the Kanak people in the education system. Bloc was an officer in the French merchant navy and served on one of the last sailing ships to round Cape Horn. In 1902, he joined his brother in New Caledonia among the few hundred colonists known as colons Feillet, who came under the immigration scheme initiated by Governor Feillet. Bloc was an ardent royalist, a devout Catholic, and a traditionalist whose right-wing views colored his portraits of the characters who live in the bush and, in the text selected from Le Colon Brossard, his portrait of a Kanak woman. The two translated texts by Mariotti illustrate the difficulties faced by ex-convicts and their families who had been granted a land concession.

Keywords:   Marc Le Goupils, Paul Bloc, Jean Mariotti, Kanak school, Kanak children, New Caledonia, Kanak woman, land concession, ex-convicts

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