CHAPTER 14: Here Our Words

Marsh, Selina Tusitala; Rapaport, Moshe
March 1999
Pacific Islands: Environment & Society;1999, p166
Book Chapter
This chapter covers indigenous literature in English and the light it sheds on the history and geography of the Pacific Island region. Pacific orature can be sung in celebration, chanted in honor, prayed in worship, and spoken in reverence and remembrance. Samoan author Wendt pays homage to the fagogo told by his grandmother in his childhood (fagogo are stories told at night, equivalent to fairy tales, usually with a moral, or instructive element to them); Tongan poet Konai Helu Thaman's later verse and rhythmic structure echo Tongan song and chant composition.


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