Austen, Leo. Cultural changes in Kiriwina

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Title: Cultural changes in Kiriwina

Published in: Oceania -- Vol. 16

Published By: Oceania -- Vol. 16 1945. 15-60 p.: ill.

By line: [by] Leo Austen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: Population (161); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Marine industries (228); Vegetable production (244); Gift giving (431); Accumulation of wealth (556); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Community heads (622); Chief executive (643); Judicial authority (692); Magic (789); Magicians and diviners (791);

Abstract: Leo Austen, a former Resident Magistrate of the territory of Papua, New Guinea, presents in this article a summary of Trobriand ethnography as he observed it on Kiriwina Island during the early 1930s (1931-1936). The material is written from the standpoint of on-going cultural change, and is frequently interspersed with Austen's speculations as to what should be done to help the native population in the future. The topics discussed in this document are: vital statistics (land use, population size, disease), chieftainship, wealth, Kula, death and religious beliefs, magic, gardening, law and order, games and dancing, and contact with Europeans (e.g., traders, missionaries, government officials, etc.).

Document Number: 48

Document ID: ol06-048

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1931-1936 [p. 16]

Evaluation: Government Official-5

Analyst: John Beierle

Coverage Date: 1931-1936

Coverage Place: Kiriwina Island, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Trobriand Islanders


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