We have met him before and now I tumbled upon his book about Papua New Guinea, Bali and the Solomon islands. My admiration for his clear, matter-of- fact style and readable anthropological analysis has not diminished. He seemed to truly enjoy his trip to these remote places and offers a genuinely enjoyable literary experience. And then there are his amazing pictures that illustrate it all. All from 1932-33.
Additions to the list of groovy names:
Kafagamurirongo – wife of expat German sailor and tribe chief on Owa Raha island
Mamako – village on Owa Riki island
Maneparapara – village
Kafafarisubarisu -ghostgod of Owa Raha island
Kaukaunafugo – good spirits of the forest
Nafumanga -village chief on Owa Riki
Funakuma – village on southeast St. Cristobal island
Kokonga – village on Choiseul island
Bulolo – village on New Guinea
Mamarana -village on Choiseul island
Kufagogo – village on New Guinea where widows carry the skull of their husbands around their necks. All the time.
Agaga – English speaking warrior the author met
Hanubada – village on New Guinea