BLOOD IS THEIR ARGUMENT. Warfare among the Mae Enga Tribesmen of the New Guinea Highlands.
BNo. 0-87484-394-4. First Edition, 1977 (pb). Pp: xiv, 224; 215mm x 150mm; 0.32kg. 16 b/w, 5 fig, 16 tab, 1 map.
Preface, editor's preface, notes, glossary, references, index.
A good paperback copy. Wrp: g. (minor wear at the edges of wrp).
Mayfield Publishing Company, Palo Alto, California, 1977.
(The major part of this book comprises an ethnography of the traditional military practices of the Mae,
a division of the Central Enga people of the western highlands of Papua New Guinea.
The author describes modes of warfare undertaken by local clans, the motives that impel them to fight,
the outcomes of their confrontations, and the ways they re-establish peace.
He concludes his account by tracing the consequeces for the Central Enga of the Australian colonial
Administration, in particular its effects since the 1950s on intergroup fighting)
(Keywords: Anthropology, ethnography, Pacific, Melanesia, New Guinea, Mae Enga, warfare, Highlands).
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