The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World / Edition 2

The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World / Edition 2

by Bruce Knauft
     
 

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ISBN-10: 007340537X

ISBN-13: 9780073405377

Pub. Date: 03/03/2009

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

In traditional costume, a dancer from a remote village performs a curing dance near Gasumi Corners. Amid decline of government presence and infrastructure, Gebusi have rediscovered and reasserted important parts of their traditional culture. The photograph was taken by the author in 2008.

What is it like for a native people of the rainforest to confront the

Overview

In traditional costume, a dancer from a remote village performs a curing dance near Gasumi Corners. Amid decline of government presence and infrastructure, Gebusi have rediscovered and reasserted important parts of their traditional culture. The photograph was taken by the author in 2008.

What is it like for a native people of the rainforest to confront the modern world? In the early 1980s, the Gebusi of Papua New Guinea conducted ritual dances and spirit seances, practiced alternative sexual customs, and endured a high rate of violence. By 1998, most Gebusi had converted to Christianity and were actively engaged in market activity, disco music, sports leagues, or school. In 2008, however, the author found that public services and the cash economy had deteriorated, and people relied increasingly on their traditional customs and practices. This book vividly portrays both the traditions and the modern challenges of Gebusi society and culture. Written specifically for students, the account uses personal stories and ethnographic examples to connect developments among the Gebusi to topics that are widely discussed in anthropology courses, including comparative features of subsistence, kinship, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, and modern development. This second edition of The Gebusi has been updated and edited throughout and has a new chapter and surprising new conclusions based on the author's return to the Gebusi in 2008.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780073405377
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Map, Figures, and Photographs ix

Preface xi

Entry 1

Introduction: In Search of Surprise 3

Part 1 1980-82 9

Chapter 1 Friends in the Forest 10

Chapter 2 Rhythms of Survival 24

Chapter 3 Lives of Death 38

Chapter 4 Getting Along with Kin and Killers 52

Chapter 5 Spirits, Sex, and Celebration 66

Chapter 6 Ultimate Splendor 78

Part 2 1998 91

Chapter 7 Reentry 92

Chapter 8 Yuway's Sacred Decision 106

Chapter 9 Pennies and Peanuts, Rugby and Radios 118

Chapter 10 Mysterious Romance, Marital Choice 130

Chapter 11 Sayu's Dance and After 144

Part 3 2008 159

Chapter 12 Gebusi 2008 160

Conclusion: Twenty-Eight Years amid Worlds of Change 173

Farewell 177

List of Persons 179

Study Questions 183

Index 189

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