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New Guinea Ceremonies

Gillison, David

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ISBN 10: 0810906015 / ISBN 13: 9780810906013
Published by Harry N. Abrams, 2002
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0810906015 Ink mark to top edge, o/w very good in d.j. Cloth 4to. Beginning in 1973, the author spent the next three decades photographing the daily life and rituals of the Gimi people of Highland Papua. His wife is an anthropologist. 168pp. Index. Color photos, 2 maps. 1st ed. > Language: English | > Size: 4to | > Media/Binding: Hardcover |. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBP-16378

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Title: New Guinea Ceremonies

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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When David Gillison first arrived in New Guinea in 1973, ceremonies marking birth, death, initiation, and marriage were still being conducted by the Gimi tribe as they had been for thousands of years. Today, many of the Gimi's indigenous traditions, like those depicted in Abrams' acclaimed African Ceremonies, are disappearing forever.

Gillison's brilliant photographs and intimate text capture the remarkable dramas enacted during what was probably the last-ever Hau, a two-week fertility festival. Ranging from creation myths to scenarios of affairs, clan jealousies, and family strife, these playlets, ultimately forbidden by Westerners, are no longer performed. Gillison movingly preserves them here for history. The only photographic record we have of the Gimi and their unique theater rituals, the book also depicts the major effort to save the spectacular rainforest home of the Gimi, which stands as a world model for indigenous conservation.

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