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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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Kainantu: Recollections of a First Encounter

Kainantu: Recollections of a First Encounter

(p.167) Six Kainantu: Recollections of a First Encounter
Ethnographic Presents

Terence E. Hays

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the inclination toward the Central Highlands as an area within which to locate because foreign contact seemed recent and probably documentable enough there to permit one to know with some reliability what the contact experience was. This inclination toward the Highlands was steadily reinforced. As the oldest government station in the Central Highlands, Kainantu progressively emerged as being, on the one hand, new enough to allow the reliability just referred to, yet old enough, on the other, to permit finding at least some peoples who were, so to speak, contact-seasoned. This meant peoples who, whatever turmoil might still rule their lives, had by now a conventionalized and at least minimally workable set of terms in which they might hope to deal reliably from day to day with outside or foreign agencies, their agents, and their dependents.

Keywords:   Central Highlands, contact, government, station, Kainantu, foreign agencies, agents, dependents

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