The tribe next door: The New Guinea Highlands in a postwar Papuan mission newspaper

The Australian Journal of Anthropology 30(1)

Western ideologies of imperialism conceptualise time as heterogeneous in that they assume that colonised lands are outside of historical time. In this respect, the discursive construction of an empty frontier has been crucial to colonial dispossession. Yet colonial discourses become dominant through their circulation, and so the savage spaces they imagine take on a life […]

An important primary source on the history of Papua and New Guinea is now online

I was surprised and pleased today to discover that a new title has been added to the already impressive collection of digitized Australian newspapers on Trove. Papuan Times, a self-described “paper for Papuans” that was produced by graduates of the school at Kwato mission in Papua from 1948 to about 1957. Issues from 1951 to […]

Sorcery and stereotypes in Guardian reporting on Papua New Guinea

On January 4, the Guardian published an article by Australian journalist Helen Davidson on assaults in Togoba, Papua New Guinea against people accused of using sorcery to kill a man who died of malaria. She followed this up on January 10 with another report on an attack on the chief justice of PNG and his […]

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 […]