Grand Valley Dani: Peaceful Warriors

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Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1997 - Social Science - 190 pages
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This case study examines an isolated tribe in Indonesia, West New Guinea, when tribe members were still using stone axes, bows, arrows and spears, up to more present times spanning 34 years (1961-1995). The author's long engagement with the Dani results in a wide range of engaging topics as well as coverage of the ethical dilemma he faced as an anthropologist. One immediately acquires a sense of the limitations and strengths of the anthropologist's role in the field. Heider's 1995 visit to the Dugnm Dani left him less optimistic about the future of the Dani than his 1988 visit. Indonesian Independence Day was celebrated during Heider's stay. The Dani presence was barely acknowledged, while the Indonesian presence was colorfully represented. The past mistakes of foreign occupation of indigenous territory, committed mostly by Western powers, now seem repeated by the Indonesian authorities.

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User Review  - Colin - Goodreads

A beautiful little ethnography-- I often recommend it as a starter to those who have not read much in anthropology. I loved it the first time I read it. I loved rereading it this weekend. Read full review


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Heider is of the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

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