Harvests, Feasts, and Graves: Postcultural Consciousness in Contemporary Papua New Guinea

Cornell University Press

Harvests, Feasts, and Graves is an ethnographic investigation of how people in one Papua New Guinea society, called Auhelawa, question the meaning of social forms, and through this questioning seek paths to establish a new sense of their collective self. You can pre-order your copy now at Cornell University Press’s web site. “This is an […]

Unamai: A hot ticket in Rabaul, New Guinea, 1951

An announcement of a string band concert at Unamai Restaurant in Rabaul, 1951 In the January 13, 1951 issue of Rabaul News, a small item appeared at the top of page 4, in the Village News section. It read: UNAMAI RESTAURANT (HAUS KAIKAI) Baai (Nodup) String Band – baimbai oli pilai gita TUDEI LONG NAIT! […]

Cafe New Guinea documents PNG village foodways

I’m looking forward to more mouthwatering food photography from Cafe New Guinea on Facebook, and their forthcoming TV show. The creators recently posted a photoset from Sibonai, Normanby, including a beautiful, shimmering, savory pot of mona (taro pudding) presented with hibiscus blossoms. Facebook commentators from across PNG and abroad are comparing notes on names for […]

Cultivation of pineapple in PNG

This is the time of year when people eat pineapples on Normanby Island, PNG. Many people plant large gardens of pineapples and offer them as Christmas gifts. Few are sold in markets. I’m wondering how common this is. Across PNG, who plants pineapples, in what ways and one what kind of scale. Is it always […]