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Historical vines : Enga networks of exchange, ritual, and warfare in Papua New Guinea

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  • Description

    "Drawing on interviews conducted over 10 years with elders in 110 tribes, Polly Wiessner and Akii Tumu chart Enga history over a span of some 300 years. They reconstruct the ecological, social, political and ideological processes that shaped these continually changing networks before first contact with Europeans.

    At the heart of the book is an ethnohistory of the Tee ceremonial exchange cycle, which originated in some 20 clans eight generations ago and has grown to encompass about 355 clans and involve the distribution of up to 100,000 pigs by the time of first contact with Europeans. Wiessner and Tumu also show how leaders used religious movements to alter norms and values and mediate tensions during times of intense economic competition and growing social inequalities."--Back cover.

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  • Other Id

    DU740.42 HIS (Library of Congress Call Number)

    92100 (Cat ID)

    91903 (Presto content ID)

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  • Name/Title
    Historical vines : Enga networks of exchange, ritual, and warfare in Papua New Guinea
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  • Contributor/Publisher
    Crawford House Publishing
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  • Physical Description

    xvii, 494 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
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  • Content
    Introduction -- 1. The Enga, their historical traditions, and our approach -- 2. Environment, population, and subsistence in the early generations of oral history -- 3. Social organization, leadership, and trade in the early generations of oral history -- 4. The introduction of the sweet potato -- 5. Tribal migrations and warfare -- 6. The early stages of the Tee ceremonial exchange cycle -- 7. Cults for the ancestors -- 8. Bachelors' cults: purity, prosperity, and politics -- 9. War repatriations and leadership -- 10. Yanda Andake: the great ceremonial wars -- 11. Later developments in the Tee: the completion of the exchange cycle -- 12. Competition and cooperation: a family history of leadership and Tee -- 13. Yandaita: wrapping up -- Appendix 1: The structure of Enga genealogies -- Appendix 2: Estimating Enga population size -- Appendix 3: The introduction of the sweet potato / Alo Peter -- Appendix 4: The history of the Lungupini Yakau Clan / Lao Tae -- Appendix 5: The migration of the Yatapaki Tribe / Lete Ayaka -- Appendix 6: The legend of Tiane's Kingi / Anjo Nakandalu -- Appendix 7: The Kepele Cult origin myth / Painda Kaimane -- Appendix 8: Minor post-sweet potato cults imported into Enga -- Appendix 9: The Sangai Titi Pingi of the Potealini Anae Taanda subclan -- Appendix 10: Excerpt from the Adventures of Gulu, by Apa Pimbia -- Appendix 11: An episode of the Malipini-Potealini versus Itapuni-Awaini Great War, 1910-1920 / Ambone Mati -- Appendix 12: The making of a great war leader / Ambone Mati -- Appendix 13: The Yae phase of the Tee cycle in the lifetime of Pendaine (ca.1910) / Kopio Toya Lambu -- Appendix 14: Lambu's exploits in warfare / Kambao Toya Lambu.
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Enga (Papua New Guinean people)--History; Enga (Papua New Guinean people)--Rites and ceremonies; Enga (Papua New Guinean people)--Warfare; Ceremonial exchange--Papua New Guinea--Western Highlands Province; Ethnohistory--Papua New Guinea--Western Highlands Province; Oral tradition--Papua New Guinea--Western Highlands Province; Ceremonial exchange]

    Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-479) and index. "Historical Vines was first published in 1998 but has become unavailable in recent years. Realising that an increasing number of Enga wish to learn about their culture and history in these rapidly changing times, the Enga Provincial Government has generously funded the re-publication of the book. This edition has not been altered since the first edition with the exception of the cover."--Back cover.

  • Subject Notes
    Polly Wiessner is a professor of anthropology at Arozona State University and the University of Utah in the US. She has conducted research for over 30 years among the Enga.
    Akii Tumu is a well-known Enga artist and the director of the Enga Take Anda, Tradition and Transition Centre in Wabag, Enga Province.
  • Collection Type
    General Collection
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023

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