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A Faraway, Familiar PlaceAn Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea$
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Michael French Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836863

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.001.0001

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Hot Times on Kairiru Island

Hot Times on Kairiru Island

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(p.35) Chapter 3 Hot Times on Kairiru Island
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A Faraway, Familiar Place
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Michael French Smith

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0003

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. He said the trip was emotionally and physically demanding due to blistering heat; temperatures on Kairiru range between 75 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit (25–35 degrees Celsius). Kairiru is fewer than five degrees south of the equator. The author also talks about his hike to Iupulpul, a historic mountain for Kragur people and a deeply nostalgic one for him, and how the heat bothered him. He discusses the link between Kairiru's climate and global warming, along with the dry season that Kragur people usually call makatalal. Finally, he reflects on his visits to Wewak and Moresby as well as the Kragur people's hospitality.

Keywords:   heat, Kairiru Island, Kragur, Iupulpul, global warming, dry season, makatalal, climate, hospitality

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