Jutta Malnic and John Kasaipwalova, Kula: Myth and Magic in the Trobriand Islands
(Sydney, Cowrie Books, 2000) 60, on ideas of beauty and adornment in the Trobriand Islands
Acne is ubiquitous in Western societies but absent in at least two non-Westernized populations (Kitavan people on the Trobriand Islands
near Papua New Guinea and the Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay).
The articles that follow explore these themes from specific geographic, social, and temporal contexts within Papua New Guinea (the Trobriand Islands
and Collingwood Bay), Vanuatu, Fiji, and Samoa.
Our Beautiful, Fragile World ranges from the Trobriand Islands
to a fertilizer factory in Nigeria.
The kula tradition stretches over 18 islands in the Massim archipelago, which includes the Trobriand Islands
, and individuals will travel hundreds of miles in ocean-going canoes to trade precious shell necklaces clockwise and white shell armbands counter-clockwise.
On some Trobriand Islands
kula canoe washboards a row of the concentric circles is carved as a crescent in the centre of the board (cf.
I shall come to the second possibility later; an interesting instance suggesting the first is a debate between Bronislav Malinowski (1927; 1929) and the British psychoanalyst, Ernest Jones (1925), in the nineteen twenties over Malinowki's ethnography in the Trobriand Islands
332'E, Trobriand Islands
, Papua New Guinea, 1 m depth, B.
This fitted admirably with the anthropological functionalism of Bronislaw Malinowski, who from his experience in the Melanesian Trobriand Islands
in the 1940s came to the conclusion that reciprocity and exchange played a vital role, cementing relations between individuals and their society and that society combined with culture would arise as an emergent property of humans collaborating with each other, once the fundamental needs of individuals were met.
Dubois includes examples from areas as far-flung as eastern Peru the Trobriand Islands
near New Guinea and remote eastern Siberia--an area with a particularly rich history of shamanism.
So estranging views on color might be found among "us" in the West, but nevertheless it helps to look somewhere else, as did Malinowski, who during his fieldwork in the Trobriand Islands
came across not just other colors but color as other.
Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands
- played tribal cricket against Pacific Islanders during the colourful Mila Mala Festival