'Stories of long ago' and the forces of modernity in South Pentecost

Murray Garde

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    In the Sa language of southern Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, mythical narratives are known as dun. Notions of authenticity in the telling of dun engender debates about the status of competing versions and the links between dun and place. Dun narratives in such contexts are increasingly being appealed to as sources of authority, capable of indexing what is considered 'authentic' knowledge about history, place and cultural practice and reflecting their significance as foundations for identity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNarrative and Identity Construction in the Pacific Islands
    EditorsFarzana Grounder
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam and Philadelphia
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    ISBN (Print)9789027249340
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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