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Title Ethnographic presents : pioneering anthropologists in the Papua New Guinea Highlands / edited by Terence E. Hays.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992.

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Series Studies in Melanesian anthropology ; 12
Studies in Melanesian anthropology ; 12.
Subject Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea -- History.
Ethnologists -- Papua New Guinea.
Alt Name Hays, Terence E.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 301 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-287) and index.
Summary Life on the frontier suggests excitement, danger, and heroism, not to mention backbreaking labor. All these aspects of exploring the unknown enliven Ethnographic Presents, where the frontier is the Highlands region of what is now Papua New Guinea - a part of the world largely unseen by Westerners as late as 1950. In the next five years a dozen or so pioneering anthropologists followed closely on the heels of "first contact" patrols. Their innovative fieldwork is well documented, and now, in an autobiographical collection that is intimate and richly detailed, we learn what these ethnographers experienced: what being on the frontier was like for them. The anthropologists featured in these seven new essays are Catherine H. Berndt, Ronald M. Berndt, Reo Fortune (by Ann McLean), Robert M. Glasse, Marie Reay, D'Arcy Ryan, and James B. Watson. Their pioneering ethnographic adventures are put in historical context by Terence Hays, and a concluding essay by Andrew Strathern points out that this early work among the peoples of the Central Highlands not only influenced all subsequent understanding of Highland cultures but also had a profound impact on the field of anthropology.
Life on the frontier suggests excitement, danger, and backbreaking labour. In this book the frontier is the Highlands region of what is now Papua New Guinea - largely unexplored by Westerners as late as 1950. In the next five years a dozen pioneering anthropologists followed closely on the heels of 'first contact' patrols. Their innovative fieldwork is well documented, and now, in this autobiographical collection, we learn what being on the frontier was like for the ethnographers themselves.
Note Print version record.
English.
ISBN 9780520912342 (electronic bk.)
0520912349 (electronic bk.)
0585101000 (electronic bk.)
9780585101002 (electronic bk.)
0520077458 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 42922538
Additional Format Print version: Ethnographic presents. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992 0520077458 (DLC) 91047735 (OCoLC)25205373
Table of Contents
 Illustrations 
 Editor's Preface 
 The Contributors 
1A Historical Background to Anthropology in the Papua New Guinea Highlands / Terence E. Hays1
2In the Footprints of Reo Fortune / Ann McLean37
3Into the Unknown! / Ronald M. Berndt68
4Journey along Mythic Paths / Catherine H. Berndt98
5An Innocent in the Garden of Eden / Marie Reay137
6Kainantu: Recollections of a First Encounter / James B. Watson167
7Meeting the Mendi / D'Arcy Ryan199
8Encounters with the Huli: Fieldwork at Tari in the 1950s / Robert M. Glasse232
9Looking Backward and Forward / Andrew Strathern250
 Bibliography271
 Index289


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