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

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

by Thomas H. Slone
     
 

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.  See more details below

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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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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.
Booknews
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 (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971412712
Publisher:
Masalai Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
Papua New Guinea Folklore Series
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.24(d)

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