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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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Women’s Lives

Women’s Lives

(p.175) Chapter Thirteen Women’s Lives
Nights of Storytelling
Raylene Ramsay
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from Les femmes bagnards by Odile Krakovitch, which appears in Regards de Femmes, the exhibition catalogue and anthology of texts on New Caledonian women. The text describes the life of female “criminals” (numbering around two thousand in total) sent from France to the penal colony of New Caledonia. Many of the deported women were sent to work in the gardens or to be seamstresses in the convent at Bourail, and married off in groups to liberated male convicts, in support of the policy of populating the colony. The second excerpt is an oral narrative about the childhood of fifty-year-old Naomi, now living in Nouméa, as she was growing up in the tribu (now called customary lands) of Goyetta. Naomi's account highlights the extent to which European practices had influenced the lifestyle of the Kanak, even those living on customary lands.

Keywords:   Odile Krakovitch, female criminals, penal colony, New Caledonia

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