Where the Spirits Dwell: An Odyssey in the New Guinea Jungle

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Tobias Schneebaum here tells the remarkable story of his four years among the Asmat of New Guinea, a jungle-dwelling people rumored to have killed Michael Rockefeller. Instead of ferocious cannibals, Schneebaum found a regal, gentle people who freely accepted him and initiated him into a way of life no outsider had ever seen before.
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Overview


Tobias Schneebaum here tells the remarkable story of his four years among the Asmat of New Guinea, a jungle-dwelling people rumored to have killed Michael Rockefeller. Instead of ferocious cannibals, Schneebaum found a regal, gentle people who freely accepted him and initiated him into a way of life no outsider had ever seen before.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1973 artist-adventurer Schneebaum Keep the River on Your Right went to Indonesian New Guinea Iriah Jaya to collect artifacts for a museum. There he met the Asmat, a people barely two generations removed from headhunting, whose culture, he writes, gave insight and equanimity to his own sexual preferences. There, each man had a male ``exchange friend'' lover in addition to his wife. Schneebaum was adopted into an Asmat family and became part of a culture hardly touched by civilization. Home base for his travels was a Roman Catholic mission; the priests were a relaxed, easygoing community, dedicated to the welfare of their charges. In addition to artifacts, Schneebaum collected tribal lore. He gives a vivid picture of Aswat men and their activities, but makes no mention of the women. For him, this journey was a milestone, a confrontation with himself. It is an exotic odyssey. Photos. January 22
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802131669
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 211
  • Sales rank: 1,049,400
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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