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

Schneebaum, Tobias

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ISBN 10: 0802131662 / ISBN 13: 9780802131669
Published by Grove Pr, 1989
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Signed And Dated With A Short Inscription By The Author On A Sticker On The Title Page. Light Soiling And Creasing On The Covers, Binding Is Solid And Pages Are Clean. "A Travelogue Exotic Enough To Captivate Even Reluctant Armchair Travelers.". Bookseller Inventory # 007034

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Title: Where the Spirits Dwell: An Odyssey in the ...

Publisher: Grove Pr

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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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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The author of the classic Keep the River on Your Right 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, loving, gentle people who freely accepted him and initiated him into a way of life no outsider had ever seen before. Adopted into an Asmat family in the village whose people were said to have killed Rockefeller, he crossed the boundaries into another culture and another age, learning secrets no other outsider had been allowed to see before. But it wasn't until Schneebaum met Akatpitsjin, a handsome married man with five children, that he entered the erotic world of the Asmat, when the two became "exchange friends" and lovers, a practice basic to the sexual life of the village.

Schneebaum's encounter with the Asmat ultimately became something more intimate and liberating for him than the mere discovery of tribal secrets. He confronted himself. His odyssey is as much the record of a journey into himself as it is a unique and sensitively observed account of a vanishing society, written with a shimmering sensuality that has no equal in the literature of anthropology or self-confession.

"Exhilarating and unforgettable. An excellent book."--James Purdy

"Tobias Schneebaum's frank and stunning memoir illuminates the mysteries of a distant culture while it reminds us of the universality of loneliness and desire."--Hilma Wolitzer

"Humane, loving, precise in detail, and profound in understanding, Where the Spirits Dwell is a beautifully written account of personal engagement, during four years, with what must be the most remarkable environment in the world. Everyone should read it."--Hayden Carruth

"A travelogue- exotic enough to captivate even reluctant armchair travelers."--Los Angeles Times

"An unforgettable portrait of a vanishing world."--San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

"Once in a great while a truly original person like Tobias Schneebaum comes along. Everyone, including the primitive peoples he lives among, recognizes it instantly."--Edward Field, author of A Frieze for a Temple of Love

Born in New York in 1922, Tobias Schneebaum graduated from the City College of New York and received a degree in cultural anthropology from Goddard College. He was the assistant curator of the Asmat Museum of Culture and Progress in Irian Jaya from 1973 to 1983. Since then he has served as the curator of a number of exhibitions of Asmat art, and lectured on Asmat culture at universities and museums around the world. Where the Spirits Dwell is the final volume of his autobiographical trilogy, which also includes Keep the River on Your Right and Wild Man. He was the subject of a documentary film, Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, which premiered at the 2000 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. His latest work, a memoir entitled Secret Places: My Life in New York and New Guinea, was published in October 2000.

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