The Rotokas people of Bougainville Island

Statement of Responsibility:
Firchow, Irwin B. and Jacqueline Firchow
Date:
2008
Abstract:

In the changing world of Bougainville Island of Papua New Guinea, this work seeks to describe some of the history and life patterns of the Rotokas people there, as well as giving a glimpse of the geography, geology, bird and animal life, and the demographics of the area. It serves as a window into clan culture and leadership, taboos and social expectations, and also reveals local belief and value systems with the incorporation of modern medicine and education into the cultural world view. Traditional art, crafts, celebrations, and food sources are shown to have fit neatly alongside various development projects, national governing styles, and a variety of business and economic opportunities through the years. Preservation of such a record encourages appreciation for the flexibility, as well as the tenacity, of a culture and language in flux.

Extent:
228 pages
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Subject:
Culture change
Community development
Anthropology
worldview
taboos
social expectations
language in flux
governing styles
clans
Country:
Papua New Guinea
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