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Brave New Words: The Complexities and Possibilities of an "Indigenous" Identity in French Polynesia and New Caledonia

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Title: Brave New Words: The Complexities and Possibilities of an "Indigenous" Identity in French Polynesia and New Caledonia
Authors: Gagné, Natacha
Keywords: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, indigenous peoples, indigeneity, decolonization, sovereignty, political strategy
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: University of Hawai‘i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Gagné, Natacha. 2015. Brave New Words: The Complexities and Possibilities of an "Indigenous" Identity in French Polynesia and New Caledonia. The Contemporary Pacific 27 (2): 371-402.
Abstract: In French Polynesia and New Caledonia, the "indigenous strategy" in reference to the world indigenous movement and UN indigenous rights instruments is a relatively new one in the struggle to recover sovereignty. Individuals and volunteer associations only began to explore the possibilities of this strategy in the mid-1990s, and it continues to hold a marginal place in the political field of the French territories in Oceania. This article explores how indigeneity and indigenous rights are understood and enacted locally, drawing on local voices and actions within a local and national context. It shows how the framework for the struggles of the indigenous peoples in the French territories in Oceania differs radically from those of other peoples who have been seen as emblematic of the category "indigenous peoples."
Pages/Duration: 33 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/42539
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2015 - Volume 27, Number 2



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