Otto, Ton. Local narratives of a great transformation: conversion to Christianity in Manus, Papua New Guinea

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Local narratives of a great transformation: conversion to Christianity in Manus, Papua New Guinea

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Folk : journal of the Danish Ethnographic Society -- Vol. 40

Published By: Original publisher Folk : journal of the Danish Ethnographic Society -- Vol. 40 K°benhavn: Dansk etnografisk forening; i kommission hos Rhodos. 1998. 71-97 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Ton Otto

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Manus (OM06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Acculturation and culture contact (177); Status, role, and prestige (554); Political movements (668);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Otto has written a history of a famous Manus leader and prophet, Paliau Maloat (1910-1991), and the movement named after him, the Paliau Movement. The movement was a reaction to the inequities of colonialism, although Paliau began his public life by strongly critiquing his own culture. As a young man, Paliau worked for Chinese traders and later became a police officer. He organized a village fund to pay taxes and discouraged village leaders from engaging in inter-village hostilities. During the Second World War, The US Navy set up a base and offered wage work to the locals. The work experience away from their home villages and the tremendous wealth displayed by the US military made a big impression on the Manus. They felt betrayed by the missionaries who they thought had been holding out on them. One reaction was to form a new religion and after the war when the military left, to secure their own wealth through cargo-cult rituals.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. om06-012

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 94-97)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1986-1988

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1910-1991

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Manus Province, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Manus (Papua New Guinea people)


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