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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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Critique of Custom

Critique of Custom

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(p.279) Chapter Twenty Critique of Custom
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Nights of Storytelling
Author(s):
Raylene Ramsay
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832223.003.0020

This chapter presents Déwé Gorodé's poems and extracts from her novels, and an extract from a play by Pierre Gope. These include Gorod''s poem, “Kanak Reserves” (Réserves Kanakes), where the reserves, seen as ghettoes, are presented in a negatively connoted litany: picking coffee, a crop planted for private (European) profit, consuming alcohol that results in violence against women, replacing the traditional strings of adi with pieces of material and banknotes, obeying elders who have sold their souls to the Europeans in power while the ecological and economic spoliations of the nickel industry and cattle raising go unaddressed. Gope's play Okorenetit?/Où est le droit? (Where is justice?) (1997) tells the story of a young Kanak woman seeking redress for rape. Here Gope speaks out to raise awareness of the urgency of the contemporary problem posed in Kanak society by violence against women.

Keywords:   Déwé Gorodé, Pierre Gope, New Caledonia, poems, poetry, plays, Kanak women

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