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The Kwanga

Karen J. Brison

in Just Talk

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780520077003
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912182 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520077003.003.0002
The Kwanga

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The Kwanga inhabit a landscape of ravines and ridges, in which flat land is restricted to small areas along the tops of ridges where villages are built, and most gardens are cut on sloping hillsides. They live in the foothills of the Torricelli Mountain range, in the north-western part of Papua New Guinea. The apparent physical isolation of Inakor is illusory. Inakor has neighbors no more than three or four miles away in several directions, and the village of Asanakor is less than a mile down the road. Traditionally, a complex system of alliances and enmities associated with warfare, a trading network, a ritual complex, and intermarriage linked the villages in an area. Migrations were frequent in a region where endemic warfare produced many refugees, and the majority of Inakor and Asanakor residents claim immigrant ancestry.

Keywords: Kwanga; Torricelli Mountain; Papua New Guinea; Inakor; Asanakor; warfare; trading; ritual; migrations

Chapter.  4793 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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