TITLE

CHAPTER 14: Here Our Words

AUTHOR(S)
Marsh, Selina Tusitala; Rapaport, Moshe
PUB. DATE
March 1999
SOURCE
Pacific Islands: Environment & Society;1999, p166
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
18355497

 

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