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Ethnographic Presents: Pioneering Anthropologists in the Papua New Guinea Highlands

Terence Hays


Life on the frontier suggests excitement, danger, and backbreaking labor. In this book, the frontier is the Highlands region of what is now Papua New Guinea—a part of the world 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 intimate and detailed autobiographical collection, we learn what being on the frontier was like for the ethnographers themselves. The concluding chapter to this book points out that early work ... More

Keywords: frontier, Highlands region, Papua New Guinea, Central Highlands, Highland cultures, anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780520077454
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520077454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Hays, editor