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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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Life Goes On

Life Goes On

(p.135) Chapter 10 Life Goes On
A Faraway, Familiar Place

Michael French Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

The author narrates how Kragur villagers went back to their normal activities after the 2008 local elections. Some villagers appeared to welcome the break from routine brought by the elections, but didn't seem to care much about the results. While the public events and private drama of the elections went on, people still had to attend to all the ordinary daily chores. According to the author, the general pattern of work in the village hadn't changed a lot from the 1970s. Women were still involved in harvesting and preparing food, washing dishes, and gathering and breaking up firewood. Meanwhile, men still took the lead in things that required a lot of sitting and talking. The author also talks about his encounters with people in Kragur asking him for advice on how to get into tourism. Finally, he considers the attitudes of Kragur villagers toward sorcery.

Keywords:   elections, women, men, Kragur, tourism, sorcery

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