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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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Kanak Rewriting of Colonial History

Kanak Rewriting of Colonial History

(p.235) Chapter Seventeen Kanak Rewriting of Colonial History
Nights of Storytelling
Raylene Ramsay
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents the works of Déwé Gorodé, the first Kanak woman poet and writer. Gorodé literary production is both militant and ethnographic, giving value to Kanak culture; providing insights into Kanak social organization, space, and time; and rewriting history as narrative of the everyday seen from the Kanak's and the woman's side. Two poems “Creation” and “Writing,” articulate Gorodé's own dual conception of her role, writing a silenced culture, both re-creating this and designating its often contradictory truths with words. Another text constructs the history of a valley through the memories of a number of (non-European) narrative voices. Those from the other side overlap the real world, carried by dreams.

Keywords:   Déwé Gorodé, Kanak women, women poets, women writers, New Caledonia

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