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This book vividly portrays the traditions and the changes of Gebusi society and culture. It uses personal stories and ethnographic examples to connect developments among Gebusi to topics that are considered in anthropology courses.

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Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Gebusiplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I am not the intended audience for this book; I read it looking for something set in Papau New Guinea from which I would learn a bit about the country and its people, while the book seems intended for assignment in undergraduate anthropology classes as a supplementary textbook. Knauft is an anthropologist who initially lived with the Gebusi for two years, from toaccompanied by his wife Eileen whether she is also an anthropologist is unclear; though he discusses his feelings about developments among the Gebusi and relationships with individuals among them, this is definitely not a memoir.

But it wasn’t an ideal life: The Gebusi believed that all deaths were caused by humans, so deaths by sickness or accident led to sorcery inquests and often more death.

After his initial stay, Knauft returned to the Gebusi inat which point their culture was transformed: They converted to various forms of Christianity, sent their children to school, and gave up sorcery inquests and executions entirely. The several tribes inhabiting the town mocked their own gebusk cultures in Independence Day celebrations, and Gebusi practices such as dancing and initiation rites seemed to be dying out as young people attempted to embrace the modern world.

But then ineverything had changed again: But spirit mediumship had died out, so that despite lingering suspicions of sorcery they were no longer able to conduct inquests, and many of the Gebusi continued to attend Christian services. It is fascinating material, and the author seems to have made personal friends with many of the Gebusi and to respect them and their culture.

He is aware of gehusi own fallibility and works to distinguish unique incidents from those typical of the culture. And brucw spends enough time with Gebusi to get to know them and to be able to tell stories in context about incidents that occur in the community.

Sometimes its information is incomplete, as if the author has made his point and is ready to move on, regardless of whether readers have vruce questions. How common is this, as opposed to public or formal executions? Is everyone given the opportunity to exonerate themselves via trial by cooking, or only some people?

In one case described, the sorcerer purportedly comes from another village and the searchers lose the trail; is this unusual, or common? In other cases, it can be vague in a way typical of academic writing, obscuring specifics behind general language. Who raised the boys after that, and what was the dispute? These are human interest questions, but their answers gebuis speak to Gebusi culture. And despite telling us about their terrible life expectancy in the early 80s, the gwbusi has nothing to say about how having and then losing a local medical clinic affected the Gebusi.


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. Doesn’t this deserve to be in the book, rather than only the “alternative sexual practices” i.

But in the book he does mention a couple caught having an illicit affair in a house, so maybe the rainforest sex only applies to those few families who actually live in the longhouse?

Knauft isn’t too shy to include a scene of a young man propositioning him, so why isn’t this in the book? Apr 17, Calina Benassa rated it liked it. The Gebusi was a rich and entertaining ethnography, and I enjoyed learning about people so different from my own.

It earned three stars for me because it simply wasn’t something I could love as much as other books I’ve read. If you’re looking for a new perspective on real people, pick up The Gebusi. Feb 11, Elysse rated it it was ok Shelves: I think I would have liked it a lot more if this book was written differently.

It was so fascinating to learn about these people, and you feel attached to them. However, the author jumps around a lot and sometimes I found it hard to follow.

He would start one side story, then another without finishing the first, go back to the first finish it, and then finish the second.

However, that gegusi just me, and I probably would recommend it to any Anthropology lover. Nov 07, Adriana Bifulco rated it it was amazing. Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World, we gain an inside look into the lives of the Gebusi in the rainforest of northern Australia. The Gebusi are from a small nation called Papua New Guinea and in the first part of the ethnography we start to understand how they function in their society. From the beginning we can understand that the Gebusi are a complex people.

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

Another main component to the first part is when Knauft provides insight about life expectancy for the Gebusi children.

He also provides more ethnographic data in regards to sex, gender, and, spirituality which are consistent topics of discussion throughout the book.

Initiation especially is a main component for the Gebusi when they enter into adulthood, and it is often violent. 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.

He had initially arrived there in and was now able to view how the ethnographic data he had originally collected had geebusi over time.

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. Part two also continues to brice the status of women and how their role in society was changing. We also learn in part two more on the way sex and marriage has changed over time. Knauft noticed that there was a continuation in male social bonding, but sexual relations between men in-frequently occurred.

In regards to marriage, the Gebusi became more flexible than they were when Knauft had previously visited the nation. For acts that used to be prevalent in their culture they were once again used on this day but more as a mockery.

Knauft realized here how the National Independence Day proves that the Gebusi have grown as a culture and are forming their own national identity. In part three, Knauft mainly focuses upon how vastly the Gebusi culture has changed from the time he had seen it. While they still face major challenges such as poverty and social inequality, Knauft has provided strong ethnographic data that suggests that they have a positive future as a nation.


The book was your basic ethnographic account of a fledgling anthropologist making a name for himself. Where this voyage differed was in the fact that in this fourth edition, Bruce Knauft offers knaudt versions of the Gebusi by repeating his travels to Papua New Guinea over the course of about thirty years. By documenting genusi unadulterated Gebusi before modernization and globalization seeped in, Knauft was able to help preserve the culture of a dying rainforest civilization so that they do gebudi v The book was your brufe ethnographic account of a fledgling anthropologist making a name for himself.

By documenting the unadulterated Gebusi before modernization and globalization seeped in, Knauft was able to help preserve the culture of a dying rainforest civilization so that they do not vanish completely. Of all ethnographies I have read to date, this was the most valuable in terms of culture preservation and respect for indigenous peoples.

Jun 20, Lydia rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 11, Robert Brown rated brucs liked it. This is my first ethnographic reading and it was very enjoyable.

They study their customs gevusi beliefs while living amongst the people. It is interesting to see their dynamic and how they conduct themselves. Brufe worship spirits, hunter and bbruce which allows for much leisure timebelieve sorcery is the reason behind adult death.

A big part of their culture is nruce homicide rate. In the Gebusi world there This is my first ethnographic reading and it was very enjoyable. In the Gebusi world there is a belief that any adult death accident, sickness, or suicide was done by a sorcerer and therefore they need vengeance for the death by accusing individuals of sorcery and killing them.

It gehusi well-done and raw documentation of the people. Bruce Knauft has a unique ability to describe a situation in a very accessible way that makes the reader feel that they are right there in the action.

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It is a very refreshing read, it gives you a chance to see how a group of people live their lives away from modern society. Yet the tribe has been touched by the outside world and has changed as a consequence. Some change is better than others. Sixteen years later Bruce Knauft returns to the jungles and has find that much has changed. The young boys he saw get initiated into adulthood are now adults with their own lives. Many of his friends have passed. Life has change greatly for the Gebusi people as christianity has been introduced to the people along with other modern culture.

The second half of the book shows the complete transformation of the people over a very short span on time. Reading how life was altered by the outside influence is really when the book comes alive. It is a reflection of my own modern life on to the people of the Gebusi tribe.

This book has a lot of soul. It is an honest telling of a group of people that were introduced to the rest of the world. The author doesn’t hold back adn gives a complete unfiltered telling of his experience.

It is a very humbling read. Dec 04, Bailey Noel rated it bruve it.