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In the Footprints of Reo Fortune

Terence E. Hays

in Ethnographic Presents

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780520077454
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912342 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520077454.003.0002
In the Footprints of Reo Fortune

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In the thirty-two document boxes that escaped the flames of the numerous bonfires Reo Fortune lit in celebration of his indifference to academic immortality, there are nonetheless some clues upon which to construct inferences as to his motives for choosing to work in the Papua New Guinea Highlands. This chapter suggests that there are no surviving diaries and few field notebooks or letters, and most of the material is ruthlessly purged of subjective comment. However, a significant survivor is the draft of a book, at present in preparation for posthumous publication, which was written mostly in 1936, and originally titled Men of Purari; a later editing is headed Amongst the Kamano. There are numerous other draft articles on language, law, social change, and motivation, also never published, and fragments of lectures.

Keywords: Reo Fortune; Papua New Guinea; Highlands; Men of Purari; Amongst the Kamano; language; law; social change; lectures

Chapter.  14574 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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