Race to the Snowby Chris Ballard, Anton Ploeg, Steven Vink
This volume assembles, for the first time, a selection of photographs from Dutch and British expeditions to South New Guinea between 1907 and 1936. Many of these photographs have not previously been published. When a 17th-century report of snow-covered mountains in the interior of the tropical island of New Guinea was confirmed, Dutch and British expeditions were launched in a race to reach the snow first. The success, heartbreak and tragedy of these different expeditions is described, and illustrated with photographs of the expeditions, the mountains and the Papuan people that they encountered. Not until 1936, however, did a team led by Anton Colijn finally make a successful ascent of Mt Carstensz, the highest peak in New Guinea.
The encounters between the expeditions and the Papuan people living in the mountains were the first of their kind. The photographs were taken by the expeditions as a form of evidence of these first contacts. More recently, as the photographs have become available to these same Papuan communities, the range of interpretations of their meaning has expanded. For communities such as the Amungme, these photographs provide an important window onto their past, and a new means of rethinking current issues. The photographs, together with Papuan and European narratives about the events of the expeditions, represent a history that is very much alive and working in the service of the present.
- Koninklijk Instituut Voor de Tropen
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