The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea by Annette B. Weiner
I am an anthropologist and a sociologist, and I read this book right in the beginning of my degree. I enjoyed it. I thought that although the writing was simple, the book was quite revealing, concise, and assertive.
Now I am doing my PhD and after reading it again my attitude towards it has changed a bit. I still think The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea is a good ethnography but I also think that is incomplete for there are issues that need further elaboration; for example, Weiner should have given more attention to Kula because that is a crucial aspect of Trobriander Society. At the same time, I believe the way in which the ethnography was written was not particularly inspiring. It is good, however, it lacks passion. At least that is my perception.
Overall, it is a interesting book, easy to read, informative, and engaging. I recommed it to those who are just starting reading ethnographies....
Papua New Guinea cultural experiences
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These islands were first reached by the French in and are, in fact, named after the lieutenant of the ship. This first discovery did not result in colonization, however. A Methodist missionary came to the Kiriwina island in and around 10 year later, Australian colonial officers established a government station here. This was followed by a small colony of foreign traders. Under Australian colonial rule for 70 years and faced with various attempts at religious conversion, the Trobrianders have remained resistant to change. The current population is estimated to total around 12,
The Trobriand Islands are a square-kilometre square-mile archipelago of coral atolls off the east coast of New Guinea. Most of the population of 12, indigenous inhabitants live on the main island of Kiriwina , which is also the location of the government station, Losuia. Other major islands in the group are Kaileuna , Vakuta , and Kitava. The group is considered to be an important tropical rainforest ecoregion in need of conservation. The Trobriands consist of four main islands, the largest being Kiriwina Island, and the others being Kaileuna, Vakuta and Kitava.