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Sailing for survival: canoes, pots, and trading in Madang, Papua New Guinea

Presented by Mary Mennis, MBE, M.A, M.Soc Sc

Mary first went to PNG in 1962 as a young teacher. Over the years she collected Oral Histories of the local people, first in Rabaul in New Britain, and then in Madang on New Guinea where she lived in the 1970s. It was in Madang that she became interested in the culture of the people particularly the trading canoes and pots in Bilbil Village. The trading canoes had a large pot cage straddling the outrigger as well as covered shelter and mat sails. None had been built for forty years and there were only five canoe builders left. Mary was instrumental in organising the building of one of these canoes in 1978 and wrote a detailed handbook of its construction. In 2013 the next generation built an even bigger canoe, a balangut, using the photographs and information collected in 1978.

Date Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Departmental Seminar
DepartmentAnthropology and Archaeology
LocationPLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE now in St David Complex, Seminar Room1

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