Anthropology CA Paper #3

Anthropology CA Paper #3 - regions cleared areas tend to...

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The Huli people live in the central mountains of Papua New Guinea, at a latitude of six degrees below the equator and at a mean altitude of about 1500 meters above sea level. They number over 65,000 (Kloss & McConnel 1981), grouped in clans (hamigini) and subclans (hamigini emene) throughout the area they now claim as their own. The present day inhabitants employ a system of shifting cultivation whereby virgin bush is cleared and the soil tilled as need arises, leaving old worn-out tracts of land to recuperate through natural re-afforestation. The secondary forests that then appear become available for clearing and recultivation within the space of two to four generations, although in higher and less fertile
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Unformatted text preview: regions cleared areas tend to degrade into grassland rather than return to their original state. Some Huli origin myths speak of ancestral kinship ties with neighbouring language groups, while genealogies and oral traditions suggest there have been migratory movements within the Huli area. They have probably been living there for 600 to 1,000 years (Blong 1979), or even longer, given that the Highlands of Papua New Guinea have been inhabited for at least 25,000 years (White & O'Connell 1982: 176). (source http://www.gabelomas.org )....
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