Remaking the World

Remaking the World : Myth, Mining, and Ritual Change Among the Duna of Papua New Guinea

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Drawing on both their own fieldwork from 1991 to 1999 and older written sources, Stewart and Strathern explore how the Duna have remade their rituals and associated myths in response to the outside influences of government, Christianity, and large-scale economic development, specifically mining and oil prospecting. The authors provide in-depth ethnographic materials on the Duna and present many detailed descriptions of ritual practices that have been abandoned. is a timely contribution to the literature on agency and the making of cultural identity by indigenous peoples facing economic, social, and political change.
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  • Hardback | 219 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 531g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 1588340120
  • 9781588340122
  • 1,658,649

About Dr Pamela J. Stewart

Pamela J. Stewart is coauthor of Collaborations and Conflicts: A Leader Through Time (1999) and a research associate in the department of anthropology and the department of religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Andrew Strathern is coauthor of Arrow Talk: Transcation, Transition, and Contradiction in New Guinea Highlands History (2000) and is Mellon Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Duna and Their Land Chapter 2 Making and Remaking the World Chapter 3 AUWI: Stones of Power Chapter 4 Cults, Local and Regional Chapter 5 The Female Spirit Chapter 6 Churches and Change Chapter 7 Mining and Malu Chapter 8 Drilling the Giant Landowner Chapter 9 Myth, Ritual, and History
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