Gardens of War: Life and Death in the New Guinea Stone Age by Robert Gardner, Karl G. Heider, Margaret Mead

By Robert Gardner, Karl G. Heider, Margaret Mead

Dirt jacket notes: "The Dugum Dani, on whose tradition this outstanding e-book is the 1st complete photographic list, are a Stone Age tribe of neolithic warrior farmers who stay within the Grand Valley of Baliem within the vital Highlands of western New Guinea. on the time those photos have been taken, the Dugum Dani have been nearly distinctive, for they nonetheless not just practised ritual struggle yet have been almost untouched via any sorts of glossy civilization. In 1961 the movie examine middle of Harvard University's Peabody Museum fixed an day trip to checklist this pristine international. Robert Gardner had prepared the guts for anthropological movie study simply because, as he says, 'By the 12 months 2000 human society offers to change little from continent to continent. Transportation and conversation will hyperlink the remotest valley and farthest plateau with facilities of know-how. Deserts may be watered, marshes tired, and the cultures that built according to isolation or trouble can have disappeared...." Hardcover, 8.75 x 11.25 inches, xx+184 pages, illustrated with 337 pictures in colour and black and white, Index.

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The long thatch grass is carefully laid. p. 36 : 80. A man trims the thatch by cutting it with a stone adze against a board held by another man. p. 36 : 81. An old family house is surrounded by taro, tobacco, banana and, growing over its roof, gourd vines. Repairing a Watchtower p. 37 : 82,83. Watchtowers stand along the perimeter of garden areas so that the no man's land beyond can be watched and enemy raids detected. Each watchtower is the responsibility of those men who have gardens in its immediate vicinity.

This happens when the forsaken husband has few relatives or is himself weak, poor and inconsequential. The Dani have a word for such people, kepu, and though it has many subtle meanings, in essence it signifies worthlessness. A true kepu would probably have no wife to steal— or if he did, no one would want her. Someone unillustrious and lacking kith or kin, however, might easily meet with further humiliation and disgrace by seeking redress. Of course there are infinite variations on this theme of vengeance in the valley, and civil order is maintained by a balance between strength of arms and traditional payments in pigs or other wealth in amounts and in a manner decided by particular circumstances.

33 : 56. Except when they are mourning or in ill health, Dani men pluck the hair from around their mouths. p. 33 : 47. For a long time the Dani have sharpened their stone adzes and axes on bedrock outcroppings such as this one. p. 33 : 48. Limestone rocks and sand in a stream bed are used to shape and smooth a spear shaft. The finest spear woods are imported from distant valleys and only finished by the local people. p. 33 : 49. Just before a battle, a young man whitens the braided band on his spear with paste made from rotten limestone mixed with water.

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