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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is one of the most linguistically diverse parts of the world, yielding a rich set of insights that have fed into comparative ethnographic knowledge.  The materials we have comprise a unique corpus of personally collected data in the form of photographs, both black & white and color; audio recordings, of e.g., speeches, songs, dances, and disputes; and language-based textual materials relating to grammatical, cultural, dictionary, narrative, and other field data, going back to some fifty years ago (see e.g., the Melpa – German - English dictionary linked to this site).  The materials in general are made available for scholarly use and are intended to be accessible globally, including by those interested who belong to Papua New Guinea.  The focus of our data is on the Highlands region, in particular on three field areas, in Hagen (Melpa language), Lake Kopiago (Duna language), and Pangia (Wiru language) where fieldwork has been carried out at various times since 1964.  Other materials also exist in our collection, from coastal areas of Papua New Guinea and from West Papua.

Photo Gallery

A running series of photos from different parts of Papua New Guinea (especially, the Hagen, Duna, and Pangia areas) provides a set of images from various time periods, 1960s onward, illustrating aspects of daily social life, ritual events, and religious and political change.

Image of Ndamba with Andrew J. Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart along with Ru Kundil holding a small child – Golke, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of Male Dancer with Large Pearl Shell Decoration – Hagen, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of Male Speaker on Ceremonial Occasion – Hagen, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of Ndamba and Lineage Kin inside their house for men – Hagen, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of New House for Men and Sacred Tub – Hagen, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of Ongka Kaepa and Pamela J. Stewart – Hagen, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of Women at Market – Hagen, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of Ongka Kaepa and Pamela J. Stewart – Hagen, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a Dwelling House in Village Clearing – Pangia, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a court case held in open air clearing – Duna, Papua New Guinea, 1998 – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of mountain mists near Stewart and Strathern  Hagu Field House – Duna, Papua New Guinea, 1998– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a boy with pandanus fruit for steam cooking – Duna, Papua New Guinea, 1999 – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a large mountain beech tree at intersection of tribal territories – Golke, Ekit Kuk, Hagen, Papua New Guinea, August 1997– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of the leader Ongka makes a speech, Wanyemb moka – Hagen, Papua New Guinea, December 1975– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of men building a ceremonial house – Hagen, Papua New Guinea, December 1976– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a senior women dancing at a moka, Hagen, Papua New Guinea, January 1978– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of dancers at Kuk, one decorated in Mendi style – Hagen, Papua New Guinea, January 1982– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a decorated youth at road work – Hagen, Papua New Guinea, March 1968– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a dwelling house surrounded by bananas – Hagen, Papua New Guinea, May 1980– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a young woman dancing at a moka – Hagen, Papua New Guinea, November 1971– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of the leader, Ndamba, sets up a center post of his ceremonial house – Hagen, Papua New Guinea, November 1979– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a boy decorated with elaborate headdress – Nondukl, Wahgi, Papua New Guinea, February 1968– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a man with Princess Stephanie feather headdress – Nondukl, Wahgi, Papua New Guinea, February 1968– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern in Sweet Potato Garden – Duna, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of a small boy with bush rope materials for house building – Hagen, Papua New Guinea, October 1978– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of the view from Stewart and Strathern Field House – Duna, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of the view near Strickland River with Burnt Grassland Strip – Duna, Papua New Guinea – (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive) Image of limestone landscape near Stewart and Strathern Field House at Hagu – Duna, Papua New Guinea, 1998– (© P.J. Stewart & A.J. Strathern Archive)

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The Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern Archive, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library, http://www.StewartStrathern.pitt.edu

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Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern own the physical material presented on this website. We provide access to the digital images for personal, noncommercial, educational and research purposes only. Without written permission from Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern stating otherwise, prohibited uses include, but are not limited to systematic downloading of images using robots, scripts, or other software programs; commercial use and resale of the images; or redistribution, publication or retransmission of the images beyond what is allowed by the U.S. copyright code. Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew J. Strathern hold the copyright to most of the images.