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Most days they would bring back the majority of what they brought to the Nomad market, but it they continued to go because it allowed them to have their own place in the cash economy. These are human interest questions, but their answers also speak to Gebusi culture. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Top Reviews Most grbusi Top Reviews. Sexuality and Gender 6. They study their customs and beliefs while living amongst the people. See and discover other items: Please try again later.

Their culture was no longer dominated by tradition, but rather by a desire to be modern. Geebusi his return inKnauft was greeted by a new Gebusi. Sixteen years later, he found them participating in market activity, schooling, government nkauft, and sports; performing their own popular music; and practicing Christianity.

Lists with This Book. Knauft highlights the spirituality of the Gebusi as well in the first part and discusses how the spirit world is linked closely to lives of the Gebusi, particularly during initiation. The Gebusi believed that all deaths were caused by humans, so deaths by sickness or accident led to sorcery inquests knuft often more death. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Essentials of American Literature, 5th Course.

The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World

The author is very receptive to and interactive with the people he’s working with, and he is more focused on telling the stories of actual people that he came to know as friends than flexing his anthropological chops. Bruce Knauft had limited knowledge about rainforest people in Papua New Guinea: Sixteen years later Bruce Knauft returns to the jungles and has find that much has changed.


Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. More recently, Gebusi have been battered by economic hardship and withdrawal of government services—but have admirably revitalized their culture and livelihood.

Knauft dedicated years of his life to studying this small community in the forests of Papua New Guinea. I highly recommend The Gebusi for anyone studying anthropology, or anyone who loves reading about other culture’s changes over time. Jul 02, Megan Lucas rated it it was amazing Shelves: And bizarrely, he mentions only on his aforementioned website, in a caption to a longhouse diagramthat rigidly separate sleeping areas for men and women mean that sexual relations happened in the rainforest rather than in bed.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Glad to find the book on Amazon! Readers are welcomed into the lives of Papua New Guinea rainforest dwellers to witness a dramatic arc of cultural change and human transformation.

The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World by Bruce M. Knauft

In part one, Knauft speaks of the social inequality between men and women and it is quite clear that men have significant power over the women.

Katy rated it liked it Dec 14, English Choose a language for shopping. How common is this, as opposed to public or formal executions? We also learn in part two more on the way sex and marriage has changed over time. Katarina Schultz rated it really liked it Apr 25, Buy the selected items together This item: Write a customer review. Knauft details the steps of initiation and the inclusion of women in the process. One of the most popular anthropological case studies published in the last two decades, the latest edition of The Gebusi incorporates important new fieldwork and includes Gegusi sections at the end of individual chapters, bringing a riveting story fully up to date.


They converted to various forms of Christianity, sent their children to school, and gave up sorcery inquests and executions entirely. Sexuality was more fluid with the men — older men had relations with the younger men which was accepted by the wives as long as they did not have affairs with other women. In one case described, the sorcerer purportedly comes from another village and the searchers lose the trail; is this unusual, or common?

See all 42 reviews. Three Decades of Cultural Change These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. The Gebusi is one of the most popular because of its readability, the fascination of their traditions, and the carefully drawn relevance to our lives.

Of the three books assigned for my anthropology course, The Gebusi was the only one that actually spoke to me. The second half of the book shows the complete transformation of the people over a very short span on time. This is my first ethnographic reading and it was very enjoyable.

I like the coverage of multiple time periods, and the availability of so much online material. It is a reflection of my own modern life on to the people of the Gebusi tribe.

The culture had many dark hebusi, but it was also bright, colorful, and full of pride. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Paperbackpages. Byhowever, their public services and cash economy had deteriorated, and Gebusi relied increasingly, once again, on indigenous customs and practices.

Of all ethnographies I have read to date, this was the most valuable in terms of culture preservation and respect for indigenous peoples.