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Animals the Ancestors Hunted: An account of the wild mammals of the Kalam area, Papua New Guinea

Ian Saem Majnep & Ralph Bulmer (authors); Tim Flannery (foreword)

Published by Crawford House, 2007
ISBN 10: 1863332987 / ISBN 13: 9781863332989
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Title: Animals the Ancestors Hunted: An account of ...

Publisher: Crawford House

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft cover

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452 p., illustrations, bibliography, index. This is a very special kind of animal book. The first author, Ian Saem Majnep, grew up on the edge of the cool upper montane forest, hunting, foraging and gardening and absorbing an immense body of traditional knowledge and belief about animals and wider Kalam natural history. Saem gives an insider's view of the wild mammals of his home area and shows how Kalam animal lore is woven into the customary life of his people. Some 53 species of wild terrestrial mammals (28 marsupials, 24 rodents and the wild New Guinea singing dog) are present in and near the Kaironk Valley. The Kalam high-order taxonomy of mammals is very different to that of Western zoologists. They divide terrestrial mammals into two broad categories: kmn 'game mammals', that is, the larger marsupials and giant rats, that are mainly arboreal and are men's prime game, and as 'small mammals and frogs', that are mainly ground-dwelling and are hunted chiefly by women. In over twenty chapters, Saem describes these animals, grouping them in terms of their appearance, habitats and behaviour. Over the past 50 years the Kalam have gone from pre-contact isolation to partial participation in the modern world. This shift has come at a price - much of the natural history knowledge that Saem records is in danger of being lost to younger Kalam, and to the scientific world. Bookseller Inventory # 1863332987PNGCON37X081414

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