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By Robert Gardner, Karl G. Heider, Margaret Mead

Airborne dirt and dust jacket notes: "The Dugum Dani, on whose tradition this impressive booklet is the 1st complete photographic checklist, are a Stone Age tribe of neolithic warrior farmers who dwell within the Grand Valley of Baliem within the imperative Highlands of western New Guinea. on the time those images have been taken, the Dugum Dani have been nearly distinct, for they nonetheless not just practised ritual battle yet have been almost untouched through any types of glossy civilization. In 1961 the movie research middle of Harvard University's Peabody Museum fastened an excursion to list this pristine global. Robert Gardner had prepared the heart for anthropological movie examine simply because, as he says, 'By the 12 months 2000 human society offers to alter little from continent to continent. Transportation and verbal exchange will hyperlink the remotest valley and farthest plateau with facilities of expertise. Deserts can be watered, marshes tired, and the cultures that constructed based on isolation or trouble may have disappeared...." Hardcover, 8.75 x 11.25 inches, xx+184 pages, illustrated with 337 images in colour and black and white, Index.

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30 ] ara 3 Nourishment The Grand Valley of the Baliem includes not only the broad central plain but also the slopes and hills which climb up both sides to its high mountain walls. It is a vast and magnificently tended garden. In it the Dani spend most of their working lives, and from it they receive abundant and diverse nourishment. The Dani have names for over seventy different kinds of sweet potatoes which are cultivated in the Baliem Valley. By the time a child is ten or twelve he recognizes most kinds by their blossom, vine and root.

The Baliem is basically an area of limestone, and the more durable stone necessary for making axes and adzes is situated in deposits well beyond the boundaries of specifically Dani culture. There are, in fact, quarries some fifty or so miles to the north, where a linguistically related but politically unamliated group lives and manufactures stone implements for surrounding social and cultural groups. These tools are traded to the Dani for goods that the quarry people in turn lack or desire in greater abundance.

Each watchtower is the responsibility of those men who have gardens in its immediate vicinity. Here a watchtower which was felled in an earlymorning enemy raid is rebuilt. While some of the members of the watchtower group gather poles and vines, others begin to raise the first poles into place. p. 37 : 84, 85. The poles are lashed into a stable column with heavy vines. p. 37 : 86. As the younger men work on the watchtower, the older men relax in the shade of its shelter, smoking and gossiping, their spears close at hand.

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