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A "Headless" Native Talks Back: Nidoish Naisseline and the Kanak Awakening in 1970s New Caledonia

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Title: A "Headless" Native Talks Back: Nidoish Naisseline and the Kanak Awakening in 1970s New Caledonia
Authors: Chappell, David
Keywords: New Caledonia
Nidoish Naisseline
Foulards Rouges
Kanak independence
anticolonialism
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LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: University of Hawai‘i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Chappell, D. 2010. A "Headless" Native Talks Back: Nidoish Naisseline and the Kanak Awakening in 1970s New Caledonia. The Contemporary Pacific 22 (1): 37-70.
Abstract: Studies of the Kanak independence movement have tended to focus on the turbulent 1980s in New Caledonia and their aftermath, but the roots of the modern
nationalist movement go back to Kanak and Caledonian students who attended universities in France in the 1960s. They were radicalized by what they experienced, including the May 1968 student-worker uprising, and they went home again in 1969 to find colonialism alive and well in their own country. Their protest
movement gradually grew into a pro-independence political party, when Jean-Marie Tjibaou was still a moderate cultural activist and political autonomist. The
words and actions of Nidoish Naisseline, in particular, merit closer examination
in tracing the genealogy of anticolonial Kanak and Caledonian radicalism. They show that when he became high chief on an outer island, his own politics began
to change, though he remains to this day a local leader who supports indigenous
rights.
Pages/Duration: 34 p.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/19981
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific ], 2010 - Volume 22, Number 1



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