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Ethnographic PresentsPioneering Anthropologists in the Papua New Guinea Highlands$
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Terence Hays

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520077454

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520077454.001.0001

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An Innocent in the Garden of Eden

An Innocent in the Garden of Eden

(p.137) Five An Innocent in the Garden of Eden
Ethnographic Presents

Terence E. Hays

University of California Press

The Kugika had been a very large group before their enemies had decimated and scattered them; but later, as a very small group, they had fought the Kondika again and put them to flight. This chapter states that the Kugi–Kondika enmity was notorious as the most bitter and long lasting in the area, and that the Kugika had a formidable reputation for fighting. Kugika territory is dominated by a series of ridges jutting from the foothills of the Kubor Range into the Wahgi basin like the deformed fingers of a giant hand. Most of the “women's houses,” where the pigs slept, were on the rims of deep wooded gullies where they could root all day. Group and individual “men's houses” were nestled in groves of bamboo and sugarcane. It was evident very early on that the men of the Kugika organized their lives in terms of group membership.

Keywords:   Kugika, Kondika, Kubor Range, Wahg, group, membership

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