Jang, Chief of the Dani

Jang, Chief of the Dani

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"JANG, CHIEF OF THE DANI" is the sequel to "Jang of the Dani" and continues the story of a young man growing up in the remote Baliem Valley in western New Guinea. Jang's father has joined the 'Freedom Fighters' who are trying to gain independence from Indonesia, leaving Jang to rule as chief of the Dani tribes. Foreigners are influencing his valley and Jang seeks to discover what he can learn from them and how his people might benefit from the contact without losing the best aspects of their own culture. He travels to Australia to study the language, customs and lifestyle then returns to the Baliem with a vision of guiding his people to a better life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 17mm | 386g
  • Burleigh M.D.C., QLD, Australia
  • English
  • 18 black and white
  • 1922229938
  • 9781922229939
  • 1,812,087

About Jean Watson

Under the surnames of Watson and Cheesman, Jean was on the staff of schools and universities in the UK and Australia. Her main subject was Geography but she also taught English and the two disciplines are the basis of her well-written, interesting novels. The stories of Jang are based on her visit to New Guinea many years ago with an Australian research team studying the people of that island. One of the areas visited was the remote Baliem Valley in what was then called Irian Jaya (now West Papua) where she met and admired the Dani people. 'Jang' was a young teenager who guided her through the valley and taught her a great deal, although they had no common language. Luckily, their Australian guide could translate for them. On returning home, the team produced educational material for students of Geography, but Jean decided to take it further and use her knowledge and imagination to write works of fiction, based on the facts she had learned about the Dani tribes first-hand and from other writers.
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