A Death in the Rainforest : How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea
by Don Kulick


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"Perhaps the finest and most profound account of ethnographic fieldwork and discovery that has ever entered the anthropological literature."
--The Wall Street Journal

"If you want to experience a profoundly different culture without the exhausting travel (to say nothing of the cost), this is an excellent choice."
--The Washington Post
As a young anthropologist, Don Kulick went to the tiny village of Gapun in New Guinea to document the death of the native language, Tayap. He arrived knowing that you can't study a language without understanding the daily lives of the people who speak it: how they talk to their children, how they argue, how they gossip, how they joke. Over the course of thirty years, he returned again and again to document Tayap before it disappeared entirely, and he found himself inexorably drawn into their world, and implicated in their destiny. Kulick wanted to tell the story of Gapuners--one that went beyond the particulars and uses of their language--that took full stock of their vanishing culture. This book takes us inside the village as he came to know it, revealing what it is like to live in a difficult-to-get-to village of two hundred people, carved out like a cleft in the middle of a tropical rainforest. But A Death in the Rainforest is also an illuminating look at the impact of Western culture on the farthest reaches of the globe and the story of why this anthropologist realized finally that he had to give up his study of this language and this village.

An engaging, deeply perceptive, and brilliant interrogation of what it means to study a culture, A Death in the Rainforest takes readers into a world that endures in the face of massive changes, one that is on the verge of disappearing forever.

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Overview
"Perhaps the finest and most profound account of ethnographic fieldwork and discovery that has ever entered the anthropological literature."
--The Wall Street Journal

"If you want to experience a profoundly different culture without the exhausting travel (to say nothing of the cost), this is an excellent choice."
--The Washington Post
As a young anthropologist, Don Kulick went to the tiny village of Gapun in New Guinea to document the death of the native language, Tayap. He arrived knowing that you can't study a language without understanding the daily lives of the people who speak it: how they talk to their children, how they argue, how they gossip, how they joke. Over the course of thirty years, he returned again and again to document Tayap before it disappeared entirely, and he found himself inexorably drawn into their world, and implicated in their destiny. Kulick wanted to tell the story of Gapuners--one that went beyond the particulars and uses of their language--that took full stock of their vanishing culture. This book takes us inside the village as he came to know it, revealing what it is like to live in a difficult-to-get-to village of two hundred people, carved out like a cleft in the middle of a tropical rainforest. But A Death in the Rainforest is also an illuminating look at the impact of Western culture on the farthest reaches of the globe and the story of why this anthropologist realized finally that he had to give up his study of this language and this village.

An engaging, deeply perceptive, and brilliant interrogation of what it means to study a culture, A Death in the Rainforest takes readers into a world that endures in the face of massive changes, one that is on the verge of disappearing forever.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616209049
  • ISBN-10: 1616209046
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Publish Date: June 2019
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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