ADVENTURES WITH THE NEW GUINEA HEADHUNTERS by Christl

ADVENTURES WITH THE NEW GUINEA HEADHUNTERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although this book is heavily illustrated, it is scarcely a definitive Job on the New Guinea Stone Age tribes. The author was eighteen when she accompanied Lowell Thomas on a tour of the Far East, Australia and New Guinea. Thomas was out to get some film footage on the first great enclave of the two million Stone Age tribesmen. He felt that this was perhaps the very last l opportunity to see these people in their completely original state, for the government and Christian missionaries are finally out to make the tribesmen shape up and be civilized. There is a desperate meat shortage in New Guinea, where cannibalism is as common as Spare here. Tribesmen from one valley to the next are completely inbred and speak different dialects, so they often raid their neighbor's pantry. Despite her youth, the author has travestied practically everywhere, and she gives her impressions of several capitals. This memoir is more social than anthropoligical.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1965
Publisher: Doubleday