Argonauts Of The Western Pacific [NOOK Book]

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This fascinating book contains an account of native enterprise and adventure in the archipelagoes of Melanesian New Guinea, with five maps, sixty five illustrations, and two figures. The content of this book is derived from the author's personal experiences with the natives, watching them daily at work and at play, conversing with them in their own tongue, and deriving all his information from the surest sources. A unique insight in the the lives of the native inhabitants of this area, this volume will be of much...
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Overview

This fascinating book contains an account of native enterprise and adventure in the archipelagoes of Melanesian New Guinea, with five maps, sixty five illustrations, and two figures. The content of this book is derived from the author's personal experiences with the natives, watching them daily at work and at play, conversing with them in their own tongue, and deriving all his information from the surest sources. A unique insight in the the lives of the native inhabitants of this area, this volume will be of much utility to those with a keen interest in anthropology or Melanesian New Guinea, and it would make for a wonderful addition to any personal collection. The chapters of this book include: 'The Subject, Method, and Scope of this Inquiry', 'The Country and Inhabitants of the Kula District', 'The Natives of the Trobriand Islands', 'The Essentials of the Kula', 'Canoes and Sailing', 'The Ceremonial Building of a Waga', et cetera. This volume is being republished now complete with a new introductory biography of the author
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940017602201
  • Publisher: George Routledge And Sons, Limited
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1932 volume
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

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    ARGONAUTS OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC... Anthropology's greatest ethnography

    Even though I majored in anthropology in undergraduate school and had heard of 'Argonauts', and the deep reverence many in the field held for this book, it wasn't until graduate school that I was finally assigned to read it. It was my 'core' course in cultural anthropology. We had 12 books to read in one semester. As I recall, 'Argonauts' came up eighth on that list. Once I stated it I was absolutely enthralled. I had a terrible decision to make... do I read and annotate 'Argonauts' carefully word for word and page by page, or do I skim it like the others and go on to the rest of the book list? I chose to annotate 'Argonauts' carefully, skip the rest of the list, fake it as best I could, and hope for the best... It was that GOOD!

    Argonauts of the Western Pacific tells the story of people living in a completely different culture, using a completely different value system, and a completely different lifestyle. They are matrilineal and matrilocal which means decent and living arrangements are all traced through the mother. So, did it matter who your father was? This book is compelling in its uniqueness, especially seeing that World War One spelled the doom of this culture and its people. A MUST for every anthropology student!... For those interested, I made an 'A' in the course...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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