In the footsteps of A. B. Lewis
Between March 1993 and February 1994 with major
funding from the National Science Foundation (Grant DBS-9120301) and the
National Endowment for the Humanities (Grant RO-22203-91), Robert L. Welsch,
Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, and Regenstein Curator John Edward
Terrell, together with Wilfred Oltomo from the Papua New Guinea
National Museum, lived on the Sepik coast of northern New Guinea to learn there
how exchange relationships between villages link families and local
communities into larger human associations (or "regional systems").
They have visited more than 80 villages in some 42
communities in Papua New
Guinea, and 11 villages in and around
Jayapura in Indonesian New Guinea. They have made new collections of
contemporary material culture in nearly all of these communities, with
important collections from about 30 communities.