Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

by Ingrid Gascoigne


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502636300
Publisher: Cavendish Square
Publication date: 08/15/2018
Series: Cultures of the World (Third Edition) ®
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Papua New Guinea Today 5

1 Geography 9

The land

The highlands

Fast rivers and wetlands

Papua New Guinea's island origins

The capital

Urban centers and cities

The fauna

Fauna in flight

From the sea

The climate

2 History 25

First settlements

The tradition of trading

European influence and colonization

Under European rule

World War II in the Pacific

Striving for and gaining independence

A new nation

Bougainville secession and dissent

Recent elections

3 Government 41


The strength of the people

Judicial process

An ever-changing government

A standing military

4 Economy 51

A land of riches

From the mines

Consumption and deforestation

A developing nation


Agricultural exports and global trade

5 Environment 59

Global warming

The run off

Forest loss

Impact on the land and water

Conservation and wildlife

Trash and waste


Finding ways to embrace renewable resources

6 Papua New Guineans 69

A changing population

Family and giving


Women's style

Showing grief

7 Lifestyle 77

Tribal villages

Wealth, kina, and kula

Navigating the countryside

Land rights

Land ownership and conflict

Marriage contracts

Women and work

Health care for a growing population


8 Religion 87

Christianity in Papua New Guinea

Grief, death, and cannibalism

Sacred spaces

Supernatural beliefs


Oral traditions

9 Language 95

English in Papua New Guinea

Creole languages


Print media

10 Arts 101

Ritualistic music

The artistic community

Visual art

War and art

Woven art

11 Leisure 109

Banning betel nuts


Myth in the highlands

12 Festivals 115

Independence Day celebrations

Kula exchange

Moka and gift giving

Kenu and Kundu Festival

Trellis yam farming

13 Food 121

Protein and hunting


Tuber farming and sweet potatoes


Map of Papua New Guinea 133

About The Economy 135

About The Culture 137

Timeline 138

Glossary 140

For Further Information 141

Bibliography 142

Index 143

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