Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tribal Life Inspires New Tale; Tweed Author's Second Book in Time for 80th Birthday

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tribal Life Inspires New Tale; Tweed Author's Second Book in Time for 80th Birthday

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Byline: Yvonne Gardiner

A BRIEF visit to New Guinea 26 years ago gave Hastings Point author Jean Watson enough inspiration to write two works of fiction.

Her contact and experiences with the Dani villagers in the highlands provided a rich source of ideas for the books.

The second work of fiction -- Jang, Chief of the Dani -- was launched in September, "just in time for my 80th birthday in October", Jean saif.

This book is a sequel to Jang of the Dani, which was published late last year.

As a geography and English teacher, Jean went to New Guinea with an Australian research team on a study tour in 1989 and spent some time with the elusive tribe, the Dani.

"They had not had contact with white people until 1938. They had been isolated for 25,000 years," she said.

"They used to fight battles but they calmed down a bit, so it's not dangerous.

"These tribes are fairly peace-loving, gentle people. You don't hear arguments or a baby cry. …

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