Surely this brings to mind the famous claims that Trobriand Islanders
are 'ignorant of physiological paternity,' and that they have an ideology of conception which assigns agency to subclan ancestors (Malinowski 1929:170-85).
Described as "one of the classics of modern anthropology," the argument builds upon his ethnographic analysis of the Trobriand Islanders
of Melanesia in order to construct a general anthropological theorization of law and custom in "primitive" tribes.
For instance, among the Trobriand Islanders
of the South Pacific, a man is forbidden to have sex with the daughter of his mother's sister, and yet.
If in one sense we are kept at a distance from the matter of the correspondence, in another that's all we see: The title suggests a revision of Marcel Mauss's famous anthropological study of the same name, in which Trobriand islanders
try to outdo each previous gift.
We meet and learn about some of the tribal people of this land including the Asaro Mudmen, the Wagni, the Simbu, the Kaguel and the fascinating Trobriand Islanders
Egloff (1979: 107), who excavated some test pits containing Early Period pottery near megaliths in the Trobriands, describes a comparable situation to the west: 'Contemporary Trobriand Islanders
ascribe little importance to these massive monuments, nor do they consider their ancestors as having erected them'.
Like the Trobriand islanders
immortalized by Bronislow Malinowski, Damascenes imagined a world which was constantly subject to the manipulation of words, whose power could make itself felt everywhere.
The students I taught in my composition classes might as well have been Trobriand Islanders
, so inaccessible to me were their culture, their recreations, their animating ideas.
For instance, the Trobriand Islanders
, whom the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski studied, have no pornography, nor do they have any interest in it, but they have a lot of sexual license and the sexes live fairly equally.