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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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Pathways and Interconnections

Pathways and Interconnections

(p.32) Chapter Two Pathways and Interconnections
Nights of Storytelling
Raylene Ramsay
University of Hawai'i Press

Kanak oral traditions are permeated by the network of connections and genealogical itineraries that underpin Kanak understandings of the universe. This network of connections and relationships are embedded in the landscape of a world not just inhabited by people, plants, and animals but also of ancestral spirits or totems with their multiple incarnations in animal, vegetable, or mineral form. Communication between those who are living and those who are dead is part of everyday life. This chapter presents the following stories: The Legend of Fire and the Lizard-God, The Child Who Came Out of a Tree, The Master of Koné, Kaapo Ciinyii, and Dui Dupaan and the Daughter of the Great Ocean.

Keywords:   Kanak peoples, Kanak oral tradition, oral literature, Kanak universe, ancestral spirits, totems, New Caledonia

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