One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights: Folktales from Wantok Newspaper: Tales from 1986-1997


A two-volume collection of folktales that were published in Papua New Guinea?s Wantok newspaper. The two-volume collection presents the complete set of 1047 folktales that were originally published from 1972 through 1997 in Tok Pisin.
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A two-volume collection of folktales that were published in Papua New Guinea?s Wantok newspaper. The two-volume collection presents the complete set of 1047 folktales that were originally published from 1972 through 1997 in Tok Pisin.
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Editorial Reviews

Eric Kjellgren
a welcome addition... the richness of the tales themselves shines through... an ultimately satisfying feast... remarkable breadth and diversity. (Pacific Affairs, vol. 75(3), Fall 2002)
Rundbrief (German)
Zunächst einmal ist die riesige Arbeitsleistung bemerkenswert. (First of all this enormous work is remarkable.) (Rundbrief: Forum für Mitglieder und Freunde des Pazifik-Netzwerkes, February 2002)
Swag of Yarns (Australia)
A parcel of gold...An amazing 2 volumes...A remarkable collection of ancestor stories...Gold to the storyteller (Australia's National Storytelling Magazine, Winter 2002)
Library Journal
Both extraordinary and overwhelming, this monumental two-volume anthology reprints 1,047 Papua folktales that originally appeared in native newspapers from 1972 to 1997. First printed in Tok Pilsin, the pidgin English of Papua, this exhaustive collection represents all of the island nation's provinces and 35 percent of its 700 language/culture groups. Slone, a Berkeley research scientist, includes tales that explore the spectrum of daily life occurrences e.g., birth, death, hunting and gathering, and familiar routines as well as encounters with spiritual beings, monstrous creatures, and more. Sources for each entry are thoroughly documented in headnotes. Aside from the tales, this work features exemplary indexes that identify major motifs and an extensive bibliography that enhances the text significantly. However, as these tales lack revealing comment, they will resonate primarily with the dedicated reader/scholar. Not an essential acquisition, this work will find a limited audience in exhaustive collections of world folklore or those focusing on the South Sea Island region. Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A U. of California-Berkeley cancer researcher interested in Melanesian culture continues his presentation of 1226 endangered Papua New Guinea (folktales) in Tok Pisin, the PNG pidgin English, collected in a Christian-oriented newspaper. Vol. 1 contains the first 550 stories. This volume includes photographs, a glossary, references, gazetteer of villages, maps, and categorized indices for both volumes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971412712
  • Publisher: Masalai Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Papua New Guinea Folklore Series
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1
List of Folktales vi
Preface xx
Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction xxii
Folktales, 1972-1985 1
Volume 2
Folktales, 1986-1997 501
Author Index 971
Village Index 979
Language Index 990
Province Index 994
Index of Flora and Fauna 996
Motif Index 1005
Glossary 1041
Bibliography 1054
Gazetteer 1061
Map Point Number Index 1069
Papua New Guinea 1073
West Sepik Province 1074
East Sepik Province 1075
East Sepik Province (northern part) 1076
Madang Province 1077
Morobe Province 1078
Huon (Finschhafen) Peninsula (Morobe Province) 1079
Central and Oro Provinces 1080
Gulf Province 1081
Western Province 1082
Eastern Highlands Province 1083
Simbu Province 1084
Western Highlands Province 1085
Southern Highlands Province 1086
Enga Province 1087
Manus Province 1088
New Ireland Province 1089
New Britain Province 1090
Gazelle Peninsula (New Britain Province) 1091
North Solomons Province 1092
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