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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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A Cultural Politics of Independence

A Cultural Politics of Independence

(p.272) Chapter Nineteen A Cultural Politics of Independence
Nights of Storytelling
Raylene Ramsay
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents poems by Déwé Gorodé, Wanir Walépane, and Jean-Marie Tjibaou. Gorodé's poems call for rekindling a struggle for culture and its rebirth from under the ashes, avenging betrayal from within, as Ataï's revolt was betrayed by his traditional enemies, the Kanak auxiliaries of the French commander Gally Passebosc. Walépane published a first collection of his poems in Aux vents des iles in 1993. His themes include denunciation of oppression and ideological manipulation and the critique of violence, alcohol, and loss of dignity. Tjibaou's poem on the meaning for Kanak of the loss of their land, is a call for action. It creates the powerful image of the spirits of the ancestors restlessly wandering their old lands, their access blocked to their sacred places by the settlers' barbed-wire fences.

Keywords:   poems, poetry, poets, Déwé Gorodé, Wanir Walépane, Jean-Marie Tjibaou, New Caledonia

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