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I have not read Heider's original work on the Dani tribe, but this book gives a very good sense of how things changed in their culture. It creates some interesting pictures of their tribal society, particularly in the mindful way their camps are set up, how they farm, their spiritual culture (particularly in their vision of what the dead do in the afterlife), and the horrible revenge-killing process of their culture that puts them in constant conflict with opposing tribes. It's not the smoothest...
A good ethnography to read for layman. Karl Heider writes about the Grand Valley Dani during several different fieldwork experiences over 35 years and presents the Dani’s culture in a dynamic holistic perspective. He covers various cultural trails such as ritual and secular warfare, 5 year abstinence after childbirth, finger mutilation and the pig feast. Probably the most interesting part is when he writes about there low intensity psyche and how there views are very relaxed and malleable to cro...
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.
I would like to read the 3rd edition to see Heider's analysis of a people in transition.
Interesting anthropological study and case notes about the Dani tribe in Papua New guinea. I enjoyed this read, as the culture itself is very interesting and somewhat primitive.
Interesting from an anthropological standpoint but this kind of stuff just doesn't do it for me