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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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The Long Good-bye

The Long Good-bye

(p.171) Chapter 13 The Long Good-bye
A Faraway, Familiar Place

Michael French Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

The author reflects on his last days in Kragur. A couple of weeks before the author left Kragur, villagers started inviting him for farewell meals, and a few broached the idea of putting on some kind of a send-off event. Needless to say, his departure was accompanied by public spectacle. There were songs with gestures from a group of schoolchildren, speeches from a couple of local leaders, a tribute to the retiring school headmaster, and a buffet of local food. The author discusses his activities during the last week of his stay in Kragur, some of the special requests as well as going-away gifts he received from villagers, and his trip to Wewak. Finally, he reports on his arrival in Washington, which signals his reentry into normal life a metropolitan environment.

Keywords:   farewell, departure, food, Kragur, gifts, Wewak, Washington

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