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Remembering Papua New Guinea: An Eccentric Ethnography (review)

Remembering Papua New Guinea: An Eccentric Ethnography (review) the contemporary pacific · 18:1 (2006) Clarke's stay among the Maring also yielded a large photographic archive. When the film began to deteriorate in the 1990s, he began salvaging his photographs with digital technology, a process that triggered many of the memories he recalls in this book, written nearly four decades after his original visit. True to its title, the book's organization is eccentric-- a cross between a glossy picture book and a collection of short ethnographic notes. It has upwards of sixty color plates, mostly of the BomagaiAngoiang. The photos are often striking, but the tone is unspectacular and quiet, the collection offering a combination of individual portraits, scenes from everyday life, and landscape shots illustrating the context of Maring livelihood. This works well to foster a mood of nostalgia for a past marked by subsistence affluence and few of the troubles that fill accounts of PNG life today. Each photograph is paired with a page of text. Sometimes Clarke is content to simply describe the photograph, place it in context, and offer a few relevant observations, as when he tells us that a raised cooking platform is more convenient but less efficient than an earth oven http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Remembering Papua New Guinea: An Eccentric Ethnography (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 18 (1) – Dec 6, 2006

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the contemporary pacific · 18:1 (2006) Clarke's stay among the Maring also yielded a large photographic archive. When the film began to deteriorate in the 1990s, he began salvaging his photographs with digital technology, a process that triggered many of the memories he recalls in this book, written nearly four decades after his original visit. True to its title, the book's organization is eccentric-- a cross between a glossy picture book and a collection of short ethnographic notes. It has upwards of sixty color plates, mostly of the BomagaiAngoiang. The photos are often striking, but the tone is unspectacular and quiet, the collection offering a combination of individual portraits, scenes from everyday life, and landscape shots illustrating the context of Maring livelihood. This works well to foster a mood of nostalgia for a past marked by subsistence affluence and few of the troubles that fill accounts of PNG life today. Each photograph is paired with a page of text. Sometimes Clarke is content to simply describe the photograph, place it in context, and offer a few relevant observations, as when he tells us that a raised cooking platform is more convenient but less efficient than an earth oven

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 6, 2006

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