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The bilum is the mother of us all : an interpretative analysis of the social value of the Telefol looped string bag

MacKenzie, Maureen A


This thesis examines the production and use of the looped string bag among the Telefol speakers of Papua New Guinea with emphasis on the interpretation of the string bag as a useful and socially meaningful product. It analyses the practical activities in which men and women engage in in relation to the bilum, and the ways in which it is used within various social contexts to fulfill their different interests. The background to Telefol life is introduced in terms of the distinction between...[Show more]

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Date published: 1986
Type: Thesis (Masters)
DOI: 10.25911/5d73965858a42


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