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HUGO ADOLF BERNATZIK: SOUTH PACIFIC

Posted by mukikamu on September 24, 2009

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

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JENS BJERRE: THE LAST CANNIBALS

Posted by mukikamu on December 2, 2008

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I am back on the track of forgotten travel books with Jens Bjerre‘s Last Cannibals. It was an easy and highly enjoyable read.
To give you a taste of it, here is a few things you can learn from the book:

– how native Australians deal with birth control
– why you must never hurry
– how could soldiers drown in the Sahara
– whether there are camels in Australia
– why you should never force people living in houses on water ashore
– how girls in New Guinea solved the etiquette problem of covering their breast before white ladies
– how do cannibals eat a road
– what are the roots of tribal pyromania
– why you should never ever wake a sleeping kukukuku
– what are the rules of dating in the jungle
– which is the most idyllic tropical island of the South Seas
– who was the ‘Flying bishop’

Moreover, here are the new entries in our list of groovy names:
– Hanuabada (village built on water in New Guinea)
– Kukukuku (tribe)
– Kau-kau (potato)
– Momakova (chief of a kukukuku village)
– Jagagaga (chatty old warrior)
– Morombo (tribe)
– Tumbulun (magic flute to scare women)
– Gorogoba (river)
– Morofonu (God)

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