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Sitting in canoes : knowing places and imagining spaces among the Gogodala of Papua New Guinea

Dundon, Alison


This thesis contributes to a growing literature on nation-making in Melanesia through an analysis of Gogodala experiences and perceptions of the landscape. It explores Gogodala connections to the environment through the process of 'sitting in canoes', a local idiom which emphasises embodied links between people and places. In the swampy lowlands of Western Province, Papua New Guinea, canoes are essential everyday vehicles; for the Gogodala, canoes link each person with a clan allocating...[Show more]

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Date published: 1998-05
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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