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Death in the Rainforest: How a language & a way of life came to an end in Papua New Guinea


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  • Death in the Rainforest: How a language & a way of life came to an end in Papua New Guinea 
    Title: Death in the Rainforest: How a language & a way of life came to an end in Papua New Guinea
    Author: KULICK DON
    Illustrator: TEXT ONLY
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 19/08/2020
    Imprint: WORKMAN
    Price: $32.99
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

    As a young anthropologist, Don Kulick went to the tiny village of Gapun in New Guinea to document the death of the native language, Tayap. He arrived knowing that you can’t study a language without understanding the daily lives of the people who speak it: how they talk to their children, how they argue, how they gossip, how they joke. Over the course of thirty years, as he returned again and again to document the vanishing language, he found himself inexorably drawn into the lives and world of the Gapuners, and implicated in their destiny.

    In A Death in the Rainforest, Kulick takes us inside the village as he came to know it, revealing what it is like to live in a difficult-to-get-to village of two hundred people, carved out like a cleft in the middle of a tropical rainforest. And in doing so, he also gives us a brilliant interrogation of what it means to study a culture, an illuminating look at the impact of Western culture on the farthest reaches of the globe—and, ultimately, the story of why this anthropologist realized that he had to give up his study of this language and this village.

    ISBN: 9781643750477
    Dimension: 209mm X 140mm
    Pages: 288
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