One More Look
One More Look
The author recounts his final trip to Kragur in 2011, staying there from the beginning of February through early March, for some unfinished business. He had finished organizing the clan history information that he started in 2008 and putting it in neat digital charts with the help of a fellow anthropologist. Then he mailed copies of each clan's chart to its straksa project participants, asking them to check the charts for errors or omissions. When he returned to Kragur, he brought paper copies of linguist Richard Wivell's lexicon of the Kairiru language and his book describing its grammar, to be given to villagers. The author talks about mining and its impact on Kragur's water supply, along with local political issues such as health care financing. He also discusses some of the changes in Kragur and in Papua New Guinea more generally, including the proliferation of mobile phones and the launch of massive liquefied natural gas projects.
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