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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

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(p.235) Chapter Seventeen Kanak Rewriting of Colonial History
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Nights of Storytelling
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Raylene Ramsay
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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832223.003.0017

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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