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Front of wrap - Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts (gewertz2p 150/226 GEWE02)

Feature book of the Month:

Gewertz, Deborah B. & Frederick K. Errington. TWISTED HISTORIES, ALTERED CONTEXTS: Representing the Chambri in a world system.

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 Detail - NAVEN  (barrett24ap  150/233  BARR24)
Barrett, Charles. ISLES OF THE SUN. Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea. BNo. n/a. First Edition, 1954. Pp: xiv, 258; 215mm x 135mm; 0.57kg. 48 b/w, 2 maps. Acknowledgments, foreword, index. A good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: g; dw: g. (minor wear on dw). William Heinemann Ltd, Melbourne, 1954. (This book is an account of a naturalist's travels and experiences around the islands of the Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea. Patrols are made on official entomological duty to the highlands of New Guinea , to the Admiralty Group and to various parts of the Bismarck Archipelago) (Keywords: Natural history, travel, Pacific, New Guinea, Torres Strait).
Book Code: C046 AU$30
 Detail - NAVEN  (bateson10bp  150/230  BATE10)
Bateson, Gregory. NAVEN. A Survey of the Problems suggested by a Composite Picture of the Culture of a New Guinea Tribe drawn from Three Points of View. BNo.n/a. Second Edition (rpr), 1965 (1936). Pp: xxiv, 312; 220mm x 140mm; 0.65kg. 49 b/w(pl), 6 fig, 1 chart. Preface to second, foreword, bibliography, index, glossary of technical and native words. A good hardback copy. (ex-library; lacks dw). Cvr: g. (stamp on ep & back tp). Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1965. (The book describes the Naven ceremonies of the Iatmul, a head-hunting tribe of New Guinea. Also outlined is the ethos of both men and women of the tribe along with ceremonial houses, initiation, and head-hunting. An epilogue has been added to the second edition to account for modern developments of the time) (Keywords: Ethnology, anthropology, Pacific, Melanesia, Sepik, Iatmul, Naven, laua, wau).
Book Code: B039 AU$35
Detail of front wrapper - CREATIVE SPIRITS. (bowden02p 170/225  BOWD02)
Bowden, Ross. CREATIVE SPIRITS: Bark Painting in the Washkuk Hills of North New Guinea. BNo.1-920892-86-9. First Edition, 2006. Pp: x, 202; 280mm x 215mm; 1.12kg. 21 b/w, 119 col, 6 fig, 8 tab, 1 map. Acknowledgments, notes, references, index. A very good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: vg; dw: vg. Oceanic Art Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 2006. (This book is a study of the Kwoma people and their art of painting on bark. It describes the architectural setting in which the Kwoma barks are displayed; the technology of painting; the subjects of designs; how the art form is taught; how the Kwoma understand the concepts of 'style' and 'art'; the criteria used to judge quality in painting; and changes that are beginning to take place in the art form. The final chapter documents in detail a selection of paintings by six artists, each of whom is the subject of a brief biography) (Keywords: Material culture, bark painting, Pacific, Melanesia, New Guinea, Kwoma, Washkuk, style, art).
Book Code: U081 AU$62
Detail of wrapper of ART OF THE PACIFIC. (brake1p 180/247 BRAK01)
Brake, Brian (photography); James McNeish (conversations) and David Simmons (text). ART OF THE PACIFIC. Maori, Polynesian, and Melanesian Art in New Zealand Museums. BNo. 0-19-558043-5. First Edition, 1979. Pp: 240; 305mm x 235mm; 1.66kg. 84 col, 90 b/w. Preface, acknowledgments, introduction, catalogue, index. A very good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: vg; dw: vg. Oxford University Press, Wellington, 1979.
Description: Brian Brake has photographed some of the ethnographic art from the museums of New Zealand; the text by places the selected works in context of the Pacific and its history and in his commentary, David Simmons describes the social meaning and use of each item and the materials employed in its manufacture. In a series of conversations with art-workers, village and city-dweller from many parts of the region, James McNeish points out the ceremonial and ritual objects illustrated in this book are living arts of living peoples and not the relics of a dead past.
Keywords: Ethnology, social anthropology, Pacific, Polynesia, Melanesia, artefacts, ceremony, ritual, objects, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon, New Ireland, Britain, Admiralty, New Guinea, Fiji, Hawaii, Tonga, Marquesas, Easter, Zealand.
Book Code: Q135 AU$100
 Detail of wrap - THE CHIMBU - A Study of Change in the New Guinea Highlands  (brown03ap  150/228  BROW03)
Brown, Paula. THE CHIMBU (pb). A Study of Change in the New Guinea Highlands. BNo. 72-183948. First Edition, 1972 (pb). Pp: xiv, 151; 230mm x 145mm; 0.24kg. 16 b/w, 5 tab, 2 maps. Preface, appendices I & II, references, index. A good paperback copy. Wrp: g. (minor wear on wrp). Schenkman Publishing Company Inc, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972. (Before 1933 the Chimbu lived between two high mountain ranges isolated from the outside world. This book describes the change since that first contact) (Keywords: Anthropology, Pacific, Melanesia, New Guinea, Highlands, Chimbu).
Book Code: H207 AU$15
Detail of front wrap of THE ART OF KULA (campbell2p 150/227)
Campbell, Shirley F. THE ART OF KULA. Exchange in the Trobriand Islands - motivations and meanings. BNo. 1-85973-518-5. First Edition, 2002 (pb). Pp: xiii, 241; 235mm x 155mm; 0.40kg. 18 b/w, 12 fig, num dia, 3 tab, 3 maps. Acknowledgments, introduction, conclusion, notes, glossary, bibliography, index. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. Berg Publishers, Oxford, 2002. (This book unveils the many deep motivations and meanings that lie behind the pursuit of Kula. Focusing upon the visually stimulating carved and painted prow boards that decorate canoes used by the Kula voyagers, the author argues that these designs comprise layers of encoded meaning) (Keywords: Ethnography, Pacific, Melanesia, Trobriand Islands, Massim, Kula exchange).
Book Code: Q160 AU$60
Detail of wrap of THE MELANESIANS - Studies in Their Anthropology and Folk Lore   (codrington2p  150/220  CODR2)
Codrington, R.H. THE MELANESIANS. Studies in their Anthropology and Folk-Lore. BNo. 0-486-20258-5. First Edition, 1972 (pb). Pp: xviii, 420; 200mm x 135mm; 0.46kg. 34 illus, 1 map. Preface, note, index. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. (minor wear). Dover Publications, New York, 1972. (This book brings together the results of the author's observations of Melanesian people over many years from 1863 to 1887. Chapters include: social regulation, kinship and marriage connection, chiefs, property and inheritance, secret societies and mysteries, religion, sacrifices, spirits, sacred places, magic, death, burial, after death, art of life, dances, and stories) (Keywords: Social anthropology, Pacific, Melanesia, Banks Islands, Vanuatu).
Book Code: Q052 AU$35
Davidson, Daniel Sutherland. OCEANIA - THE OCEANIC COLLECTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM. Cultures of the Pacific regions. BNo. n/a. First Edition, 1947 (pb). Pp: 112; 215mm x 155mm; 0.20kg. 36 b/w, 3 tab, 1 map. Acknowledgments, preface, suggested reading. A good paperback copy. Wrp: g. (wear on wrp; signature on tp; minor marks on rear of wrp). University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1947. (This handbook provides a general understanding of the cultures of the Pacific regions and the peoples whose artefacts were represented in the collections on exhibit in the museum at that time) (Keywords: Ethnology, Tasmania, Australia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, Indonesia, Malaysia).
Book Code: T146 AU$60
Detail of wrap - TRIBAL ART OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Sculpture and woven works from the Papuan Gulf and Sepik River  (dennett01p 170/168  DENN01)
Dennett, Helen & Saroi Marepo Eoe. TRIBAL ART OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Sculpture and woven works from the Papuan Gulf and Sepik River. BNo.n/a. First Edition, c.1980 (pb). Pp: 46; 210mm x 210mm; 0.12kg. 6 col, 45 b/w, 3 maps. Foreword, introduction, reference. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, c.1980. (This catalogue and associated exhibition was designed to increase awareness of the tribal art of Papua New Guinea) (Keywords: Ethnology, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Papuan Gulf, Sepik).
Book Code: R117 AU$32
Detail of wrapper - STAYING FIJIAN - Vatulele Island Barkcloth and Social Indentity. (ewins02p 155/209 EWIN03)
Ewins, Rod. STAYING FIJIAN. Vatulele Island Barkcloth and Social Identity. BNo.978-1-86333-302-3. First Edition, 2009. Pp: xxvi, 402; 240mm x 275mm; 1.36kg. 27 col, 64 b/w, 12 fig, 4 tab, 4 maps. Preliminary notes, preface, introduction, in conclusion, notes, bibliography, glossary, index. A very good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: vg; dw: vg. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide, 2009. (Barkcloth is the traditional art form of the women of Vatulele Island. Its manufacture continues to flourish despite the fact that its functional roles have been usurped by Western cloth and paper. This book explores this apparent paradox) (Keywords: Sociology, Pacific, Fiji, Vatulele Island, masi, barkcloth, social identity, stress).
Book Code: W259 AU$54
Detail of wrapper -  WAYS  OF EXCHANGE -  The Enga Tee of Papua New Guinea  (feil2p  150/232  FEIL2)
Feil, D.K. WAYS OF EXCHANGE. The Enga Tee of Papua New Guinea. BNo. 0-7022-1994-0. First Edition, 1984. Pp: xvi, 269; 210mm x 135mm; 0.60kg. 12 b/w, 7 fig, 31 tab, 5 maps. Acknowledgments, appendices 1 to 3, bibliography, index. A very good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: vg; dw: vg. University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland, 1984. (The Enga Tee is one of the most complex and intricate systems of exchange in the tribal world. This book attempts to set out the tee in a wide Enga society, and to describe its all pervasive significance as the central institution of the Enga people) (Keywords: Anthropology, Pacific, Melanesia, New Guinea, Highlands, Enga, economic system, ceremonial exchange).
Book Code: C240 SOLD - now out of stock AU$44
Firth, Raymond & Honor Maude. TIKOPIA STRING FIGURES. Royal Anthropological Institute Occasional Paper No.29. BNo. n/a. First Edition, 1970 (pb). Pp: (vi), 64; 245mm x 180mm; 0.18kg. 1 b/w, 54 fig, 1 tab. Preface, notes, references, terminology, terms. A good paperback copy. Wrp: g. (minor wear). Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1970. (This collection of string figures was obtained by Raymond Firth during his first visit to Tikopia in 1928-29. Honor Maude makes comparative notes on some basic Pacific figures) (Keywords: Material culture, ethnography, Pacific, Polynesia, Tikopia).
Book Code: K327 AU$28
Detail of wrapper  -  THE BLACK KNIGHT OF THE PACIFIC.   The life story of Dr George  Brown.  (fletcher10p  140/212  FLET10)
Fletcher, C. Brunsdon. THE BLACK KNIGHT OF THE PACIFIC. The life story of Dr George Brown. BNo. n/a. First Edition, 1944. Pp: 184, 215mm x 140mm; 0.37kg. 1 b/w, 1 map. Introduction, appendix, index. A good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: g; dw: g. (chipped dw; small penned name on ep). Australasian Publishing Co Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1944. (This book is the life story of Dr George Brown and his missionary work in the south and western Pacific) (Keywords: Exploration, missionary work, Pacific, Melanesia, Polynesia, Samoa, New Britain, New Ireland).
Book Code: C255 SOLD - now out of stock AU$40
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