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After Cannibal Tours: Cargoism and Marginality in a Post-touristic Sepik River Society

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dc.contributor.author Silverman, Eric K.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-24T21:31:28Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-24T21:31:28Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Silverman, E. K. 2013. After Cannibal Tours: Cargoism and Marginality in a Post-touristic Sepik River Society. The Contemporary Pacific 25 (2): 221-257.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/33578
dc.description.abstract This article challenges the ethical allegory of the widely hailed film Cannibal Tours, drawing on two decades of ethnographic research in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, most recently in 2010. First, I sketch the contemporary plight of a middle Sepik, Iatmul-speaking community that yearns for a “road” to modernity and tourism but increasingly sees itself as “going backwards.” Second, I argue that tourism allows middle Sepik inhabitants to express artistically subtle messages about contemporary gender, identity, and sociality in the Melanesian postcolony. Third, I demonstrate what happens when the tourists go home. And almost all of them have done so, especially after the sale of the tourist ship, the
dc.format.extent 37 pages
dc.publisher University of Hawai‘i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject tourism
dc.subject development
dc.subject Sepik River
dc.subject Papua New Guinea
dc.subject Cannibal Tours
dc.subject art
dc.subject cargo cult
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals
dc.title After Cannibal Tours: Cargoism and Marginality in a Post-touristic Sepik River Society
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2013 - Volume 25, Number 2


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