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A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Michael French Smith


Although the author first went to Papua New Guinea in 1973, in 2008 it had been ten years since he had been back to Kragur Village, Kairiru Island, where he was an honorary “citizen.” He finds in Kragur many things he remembered fondly, including a life immersed in nature and freedom from 9–5 tyranny. And he again encounters the stifling midday heat, the wet tropical sores, and the sometimes excruciating intensity of village social life that he had somehow managed to forget. Through practicing Taoist “not doing” the author continues to learn about villagers' difficult transition from an older ... More

Keywords: sorcery, Papua New Guinea, Kragur, nature, freedom, elections, anthropology, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836863
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael French Smith, author
Michael French Smith Consulting