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

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 154.95

    Two prehistoric cave sites on the Bird's Head of western New Guinea provide a detailed narrative of 26,000 years of human occupation of this area. During Late Pleistocene times, lower temperatures allowed a suite of montane animal species to descend onto the lowland Ayamaru Plateau. When the montane fauna receded during the subsequent climatic amelioration,... 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...

  • 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...

  • Melanesian Odysseysby Lisette Josephides

    Berghahn Books 2008; 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...

  • Learning in Depthby Kieran Egan

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 18.00

    For generations, schools have aimed to introduce students to a broad range of topics through curriculum that ensure that they will at least have some acquaintance with most areas of human knowledge by the time they graduate. Yet such broad knowledge can’t help but be somewhat superficial—and, as Kieran Egan argues, it omits a crucial aspect... more...

  • Papua New Guineaby Don Woolford

    University of Queensland Press 1976; US$ 15.00

    Published in 1976, Papua New Guinea was the first book to interpret the main events leading to Papua New Guinea’s independence. The 1960s and 1970s in Papua New Guinea were a time of ferment and great excitement as Australia’s Territory moved quickly towards independence in 1975. Don Woolford worked as a journalist in Papua New Guinea and... more...

  • Laughing at Leviathanby Danilyn Rutherford

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 27.50

    For West Papua and its people, the promise of sovereignty has never been realized, despite a long and fraught struggle for independence from Indonesia. In Laughing at Leviathan , Danilyn Rutherford examines this struggle through a series of interlocking essays that drive at the core meaning of sovereignty itself—how it is fueled, formed, and... more...

  • Under The Mountain Wallby Peter Matthiessen

    Random House 2012; US$ 11.20

    In the Baliem Valley in central New Guinea lived a Stone Age tribe which survived into the twentieth century - the Kurelu. Matthiessen joined the Harvard-Peabody Expedition of 1961which set out to study the tribe as unobtrusively as possible, living among the Kurelu for two seasons. The result was this classic account, not of the expedition but of... more...

  • Structure and Process in Malan Societyby Carrier

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 140.00

    Through its analysis of a Melanesian society (Ponam) and the ways it has changed in the 20th century, this book addresses the relationship between the concern with the structure and logic of social organization, and process, with the fluidity of events and individual strategy. Ponam is located on a small island in Papua New Guinea. The book describes... more...