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dc.contributor.author Barker, John en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-15T00:34:43Z en_US
dc.date.available 2008-09-15T00:34:43Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2001-10 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Barker J. 2001. Dangerous objects: changing indigenous perceptions of material culture in a Papua New Guinea society. Pac Sci 55(4): 359-375. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2504 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this article I examine the ways that the Maisin people of Oro Province in Papua New Guinea have understood and deployed objects of their material culture over the course of a century of interactions with European outsiders. In the early years of the twentieth century, an Anglican missionary noted local attitudes toward certain significant objects. Some of these objects likely became part of a large collection he made for the Australian Museum. I compare his observations with my own, made in the course of ethnographic fieldwork some 70 years later. The comparison shows that Maisin during both periods identified certain objects as emblems of kinship identity and others as dangerous, as materials for sorcery. However, Maisin attitudes toward these and other objects have been strongly influenced over the decades through encounters and dialogues with outsiders, particularly missionaries in the past and, more recently, environmentalists and museum curators. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.title Dangerous Objects: Changing Indigenous Perceptions of Material Culture in a Papua New Guinea Society en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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