Between the Tides: A Fascinating Journey Among the Kamoro of New Guinea

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Periplus, 2002 - Travel - 255 pages
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Eighteen thousand Kamoro live along the southwestern coast of New Guinea. Their ancestors first roamed this land more than 50,000 years ago. By the early 1960s, just 50 years after the arrival of missionaries and colonial administrators, the unique culture of the Kamoro had been driven to the verge of extinction. Or so it was thought until photographer Kal Muller stumbled upon an initiation ceremony and found that traditional Kamoro life was still alive and thriving. This work provides an account of a culture that is rapidly disappearing and the wrenching process of change that the Kamoro have had to endure. It presents a portrait of how an isolated, nomadic past meets a worldly, urban future, and how history confronts superstition.

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Travel writer Pickell and photographer Muller, who have collaborated on several books on remote parts of Indonesia, here offer an illustrated book on the Kamoro, presenting both contemporary and ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

David Pickell has edited eight books on Indonesian art, natural history, and travel; three of which are about Irian Jaya. He is also the author of Diving Bali. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Kal Muller specializes in photographing traditional peoples of the world. His work has appeared in dozens of books and as many magazines, including National Geographic. For the past two decades he has focused on Indonesia, especially Irian Jaya.

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