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Grand Valley Dani: Peaceful Warriors

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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 immediat ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Wadsworth Publishing (first published September 1990)
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John Wiswell
Aug 16, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anthropology readers, people interested in mediation, spiritual readers
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 ...more
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.
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.
Brian Bloom
Interesting from an anthropological standpoint but this kind of stuff just doesn't do it for me
I would like to read the 3rd edition to see Heider's analysis of a people in transition.
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