Men and "Woman" in New Guinea

Men and "Woman" in New Guinea

Men and "Woman" in New Guinea

Men and "Woman" in New Guinea

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From January 1, 1961 through May 15, 1962 I was engaged in anthropological research among the Bena Bena speaking peoples of the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. I had at that time a Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health. The primary focus of my research was the impact of rapid cultural change on Highlands New Guinea individuals and societies.

As it subsequently turned out I returned again to New Guinea for a further year of work in 1970-71, at which time I had a Fullbright Research Fellowship and supplementary support from the New Guinea Research Unit of the Australian National University. I was still interested in cultural change. At that time the major focus of my work was on an attempt to introduce cattle raising to the Bena Bena. I returned to New Guinea on one last brief trip in 1975. Thus I spent approximately 30 months working with the same small group of Bena Bena. Although my major emphasis was always on change I did make general ethnographic observations at all times and can fairly be said to have done a general if somewhat limited ethnography of Korofeigu, one local group of Bena Bena speakers. Further, as a graduate student at the University of Washington, I had worked for a time as a research assistant for Professor Melford E. Spiro who was, at . . .

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