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Claiming Culture: New definitions and ownership of cultural practices in Manus Province, Papua New Guinea

Dalsgaard, Steffen


In the past in Manus Province, Papua New Guinea, specialised practices, such as the construction of canoes or traditional slit-drums (garamuts), were the property of patrilineal descent groups. Today, processes of objectification of traditions have generated new cultural identifications and redefined the ways skills are perceived as resources and can be claimed as property. The present article traces contemporary developments of notions of tradition and culture in Manus and discusses these in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, The
DOI: 10.1080/14442210802706889


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