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Anthropology & Ethnographic Books: Aboriginal and Oceanic Art, Technology & Culture
Oceanic & Polynesia

Item BBR113 - $20

Crocodile and Cassowary ( 1971 ) - 2 copies

The Museum of Primitive Art, New York ; Author(s): Newton, Douglas ; Soft Cover : 112 pages ; illustrated ; English

ISBN 10: 0912294426

Crocodile and Cassowary. Religious Art of the Upper Sepik River, New Guinea The Sepik River area of New Guinea has long been celebrated for the rich artistic productivity of its inhabitants, some of its styles are among the best known created by the peoples of the Pacific Islands. This heavily illustrated book is based upon the research done by the author in 1967. It is mostly a survey of a relatively unknown region in the Upper Sepik River. It describes the cults, mostly associated with warfare and fertility of a number of small tribes including the Yeragei, Bahinemo, Nggala, Wogumas. Manambu, Kwoma and the Nukuma.

Item BBR114 - $16

I Came From The Stone Age ( 1965 )

Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co. ; Author(s): Heinrich Harrer ; Hard Cover with DJ : 256 pages ; illustrated ; English (translated from German)

This German author was famous for escaping from a British POW camp during WW II and escaping into Tibet. His true story is told in the movie " 7 Years in Tibet ". This book tells of another adventure when the author traveled to remote Western New Guinea to live with stone age people. As an anthropologist, he recorded their way of life without metals, cloth or even the wheel. These people had never looked through a pane of glass. They drank water out of a stream with cupped hands, etc. Fabulous reading. This book is in very good condition. The binding and pages are very nice, but the DJ is worn from handling.

Item BBR111 - $13

The Evolution of Highland Papua New Guinea Societies ( 1987 )

Publisher: Cambridge University Press ; Author(s): D.K. Feil ; Hard Cover : 313 pages ; a few illustrations ; English

ISBN 10: 0521334233

This book is an explicitly comparative, anthropological analysis of the societies of the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Particular societies have been documented by anthropologists since the 1950s, yet there have been few attempts at rigorous comparison of the findings. This book argues that the highlands cannot be treated as a homogenous region, socially, historically, environmentally or culturally. Rather, societies of the eastern highlands have followed markedly different paths of development than that of the western highlands and it is upon this divergence that a comparative treatment of the present should be measured. This book is in like-new condition.

Item BBR112 - $9

New Guinea Art in the Collection of the Museum of Primitive Art ( 1967 )

Publisher: Printing-Admiral Press ; Author(s): Douglas Newton ; Hard Cover with DJ : 132 pages ; illustrated ; English

The tribesmen living in New Guinea are among the most famous art-producing people of the primitive world. A great number of communities living on the second largest island in the world, in comparative isolation until recently, they have created a vast number of paintings, carvings in wood and ceramics. The 132 illustrations in this book, from the Museum of Primitive Art, represent a comprehensive sampling of their many artistic traditions. Some are already well-known, others newly discovered in the exploration of the past few years; each places the others in hitherto unknown perspectives. The book is in excellent condition except for a few light stains on the first blank page and the DJ is damaged from handling, but complete.

Item BBR115 - $7

Tambaran ( 1960 )

Publisher: Constable Publishers London ; Author(s): René Gardi ; Hard Cover : 201 pages ; 55 illustrations ; English

Tambaran; An encounter with cultures in decline in New Guinea - The titles of the chapters say a lot about the contents. Tambaran, Aircraft in a Stone Age Country, Travel in the Wilderness, Antique Dealing, Art on the Sepik, Canoe Trips on the Sepik, Pile Villages, Mens Houses and Drum Signals, Sagsag, Cultures in Decline, In the Village of the Shell Cutters, The Tambaran Houses in the Maprik Mountains, Plant Cult, Betel Chewing, Witchcraft and the Cult of the Dead, Hunting Crocodiles in the Lagoons, On the Murik Coast. This book is in very good conditon. The binding is tight and pages are good. A few small dog-ears on backfew pages. Very nice!

Item BBR110 - $4

Art and Decoration in Central New Guinea ( 1988 )

Publisher: Shire Ethnography Publications ; Author(s): Craig, Barry ; Soft Cover : 72 pages ; illustrated ; English

ISBN 10: 0852639414 / 0-85263-941-4 ; ISBN 13: 9780852639412

Seventy two illustrated pages, The first publication to cover the full range of decorated material from the Mountain-Ok region of central New Guinea. , The author provides an historical and ethnographic overview of the area and then relates certain objects and their decorative style to the religious and ritual life of the people. Artifacts include houseboards and decorated house facades, warshields, arrows, tobacco-smoking apparatus, paint containers worn through the earlobe, taro scrapers, palmwood clubs and cpaintings on bark and rock surfaces.


Item BTB13 - $16

Millenium Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World ( 1992 )

ISBN 10: 0670829358 / ISBN 13: 9780670829354

Publisher: Viking Adult ; Author(s): Maybury-Lewis, David ; Hard Cover : 283 pages + index and photo essay section ; English

From the deserts of Africa to the rainforests of Brazil, this book investigates traditional societies and gains insight into alternative ways of living by exploring different approaches to marriage, wealth, law and order, cultural integration, spirituality and wisdom. The book ties in with a ten-part BBC television series.

Item BTB15 - $16

The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization ( 1989 )

ISBN 10: 0062503561 / ISBN 13: 9780062503565

Publisher: Harper & Row ; Author(s): Gimbutas, Marija ; Publication Date: 1989 ; Hard Cover + DJ : 388 pages ; English

The Goddess is the most potent and persistent feature in the archaeological records of the ancient world, a symbol of the unity of life in nature and the personification of all that was sacred and mysterious on earth. In this pioneering and provocative volume, Marija Gimbutas resurrects the world of Goddess-worshipping, earth-centered cultures, bringing ancient matriarchal society vividly to life.

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