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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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One More Look

One More Look

(p.184) Chapter 14 One More Look
A Faraway, Familiar Place

Michael French Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

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.

Keywords:   straksa, Kragur, Richard Wivell, Kairiru language, mining, water supply, health care financing, Papua New Guinea, mobile phones, liquefied natural gas

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