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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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The Voice of the Other

The Voice of the Other

(p.181) Chapter Fourteen The Voice of the Other
Nights of Storytelling
Raylene Ramsay
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter first presents the translation of a letter sent in 1881 by Détéane—who was exiled to the small prison island Poulo Condor, south of Saigon—to his extended family on Maré. Détéane's letter is a moving communication of feelings of attachment to family and traditions. In the second text the settler Paul Bloc speaks for Tiangou, the Kanak, attempting to see the white world from inside his head. Bloc uses this device to satirize New Caledonian white society, particularly materialism: the thirst for gold and minerals, the planting of cash crops such as coffee, but also their mores and customs such as dueling.

Keywords:   letters, Détéane, New Caledonia, Paul Bloc, white society, New Caledonia, materialism

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