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A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Michael French Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Although the author first went to Papua New Guinea in 1973, in 2008 it had been ten years since he had been back to Kragur Village, Kairiru Island, where he was an honorary “citizen.” He finds in ... More


No Two Ways about It

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The author discusses the question of leadership in Kragur. In the 1970s, some villagers blamed many of Kragur's problems on lack of strong, centralized leadership, which they believed were key to the ... More


An Eccentric Longing

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In this chapter, the author narrates his experiences from his first trip to Papua New Guinea (PNG). In 1975, the year PNG gained its independence from Australia, the author went there to do research ... More


Thoroughly Modern Kragur

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The author reflects on his return to Kragur in 2008 and how the village has become part of the modern world. He first shares his views about electricity and other modern amenities in Kragur as well ... More


Hot Times on Kairiru Island

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The author recounts his trip to Kairiru Island and the scorching heat he endured there. He took a leave of absence without pay from his job and headed to Kragur, where he spent May and June of 2008. ... More


Wu Wei Wu

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The author discusses the art of wu wei wu—“doing without doing”—and its significance to his anthropological research in Kragur. He first explains why he wanted to go back to Kragur and says he kept a ... More


Is Kragur Poor?

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

In this chapter, the author shares his views about whether Kragur is a poor village. He takes note of some of the signs of poverty among Kragur villagers, from going barefoot and cooking over open ... More


Ancestors on Paper

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The author explains how Kragur ancestry allows village chiefs, such as Kitok and William Pileng, to acquire high hereditary status. He first discusses the importance of family ties, mainly by descent ... More


Meetings and Magic

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The author talks about the meetings he had with several knowledgeable men representing different Kragur clans to discuss their ancestry as part of the straksa project, with particular emphasis on the ... More


Preferential Ballots and Primeval Brothers

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The author discusses the 2008 elections in Kragur and Wewak. When he arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2008, all the people of Kairiru and other area islands were in the middle of a campaign for ... More


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