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  • The Djief Hunters, 26,000 Years of Rainforest Exploitation on the Bird's Head of Papua, Indonesiaby J.M. Pasveer

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 154.95

    Providing an important contribution to the current debate on the possibilities of human occupation of tropical rainforest before the advent of agriculture, this reference explores human hunting patterns of the Djief forest wallaby from the late Pleistocene. It provides intriguing insights into hunter-gatherer subsistence, tool manufacturing and use,... more...

  • Hawaiki, Ancestral Polynesiaby Patrick Vinton Kirch; Roger C. Green

    Cambridge University Press 2001; US$ 41.00

    An anthropological approach to long-term history through detailed reconstruction of the Ancestral Polynesian culture, Hawaiki. more...

  • In the Midst of Lifeby A. L. Epstein

    University of California Press 1992; US$ 12.95

    The Tolai are among the most distinctive of Papua New Guinea's indigenous peoples. For all their success in the pursuit of modernity, the Tolai remain traditional in their attitudes toward death, the cultural elaboration of which colors almost every aspect of their existence. In his new book, A. L. Epstein develops an emotional profile of the Tolai,... more...

  • Wayward Womenby Holly Wardlow

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 31.95

    Written with uncommon grace and clarity, this extremely engaging ethnography analyzes female agency, gendered violence, and transactional sex in contemporary Papua New Guinea. Focusing on Huli "passenger women," (women who accept money for sex) Wayward Women explores the socio-economic factors that push women into the practice of transactional sex,... more...

  • Archaeology of Oceaniaby Ian Lilley

    Wiley 2008; US$ 138.95

    This book is a state-of-the-art introduction to the archaeology of Oceania, covering both Australia and the Pacific Islands. The first text to provide integrated treatment of the archaeologies of Australia and the Pacific Islands Enables readers to form a coherent overview of cultural developments across the region as a whole Brings together... more...

  • The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancersby Edward Schieffelin

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 36.00

    This classic ethnography, now in its second edition, describes the traditional way of life of the Kaluli, a tropical forest people of Papua New Guinea. The book takes as its focus the nostalgic and violent Gisalo ceremony, one of the most remarkable performances in the anthropological literature. Tracking the major symbolic and emotional themes of... more...

  • Ethnicity and Inequality in Hawai'iby Jonathan Y. Okamura

    Temple University Press 2008; US$ 30.95

    Challenging the dominant view of Hawai’i as a “melting pot paradise”—a place of ethnic tolerance and equality—Jonathan Okamura examines how ethnic inequality is structured and maintained in island society. He finds that ethnicity, not race or class, signifies difference for Hawaii’s people and therefore structures... more...

  • Lost Paradiseby Kathy Marks

    Free Press 2009; US$ 21.99

    Pitcairn Island -- remote and wild in the South Pacific, a place of towering cliffs and lashing surf -- is home to descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Mutiny on the Bounty crew, who fled there with a group of Tahitian maidens after deposing their captain, William Bligh, and seizing his ship in 1789. Shrouded in myth, the island was idealized... more...

  • Melanesian Odysseysby Lisette Josephides

    Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 29.95

    In a series of epic self-narratives ranging from traditional cultural embodiments to picaresque adventures, Christian epiphanies and a host of interactive strategies and techniques for living, Kewa Highlanders (PNG) attempt to shape and control their selves and their relentlessly changing world. This lively account transcends ethnographic particularity... more...

  • Unfamiliar Fishesby Sarah Vowell

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 25.95

    From Puritans to heathens-Sarah Vowell takes on Hawaii in this New York Times bestseller. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing. From the arrival of the New England missionaries in 1820, who came to Christianize the local... more...