This chapter presents extracts from the works of Waia Gorodé, Jean-Marie Tjibaou, and Déwé Gorodé. These include excerpts from Waia's unpublished autobiography, “Mon école du silence” (My school of silence), Tjibaou's 1975 play Kanaké, and Déwé's “ethnographic” stories. Waia's text incorporates characteristics of oral tradition in its allusive, metaphorical qualities and its use of metonymy to avoid any direct reference that might bring about the loss of mana of one's group or ancestors. Tjibaou's play creates striking metaphors of injustice and oppression and a dramatic narrative of misunderstanding of culture difference. Déwé story celebrates her grandfather's house, which she presents as a site of lost tradition but still available to memory and able to promote a certain recovery and affirming of a Kanak view of the world.
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