The Gebusi

The Gebusi - Chapter 1: Friends in the Forest Gifts are...

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Chapter 1: Friends in the Forest Gifts are part of a social economy and a materialized emotion o People put good work and sweat into tangible things that they give to one another Speaks about human connection Gebusi was a new part of New Guinea o Believed gifts should be given to visitors who were peaceful Most basic gift was the fruit of their most regular work and their primary source of nutrition Starchy cooked bananas Material gifts were also linked to human connection Gebusi relationships o Defined by the things that one gave or did not give to one another “Exchange names” Were based on something one had given or shared with another Sense of social identity by giving and sharing something memorable Features of a traditional welcome o Calling out of gift and kin names o Snapping of fingers with each host o Sharing of smoke-filled tobacco pipes o Drinking of water from 12-foot bamboo tubes Australians left a political legacy o Pacified the Bedamini Bedamini usually sent war parties deep into neighboring areas Tactics were brutally efficient and Geubsi had been victimized by their raids Gebusi had 450 people while Bedamini had 3,000 o Gebusi was no match If not for the Australian patrol officers, the Gebusi might have only been a remnant people 1980 - Gebusi were no longer massacred by Bedamini o Appeared to be a pristine people Australians viewed Gebusi as victims, not agressors o Saw them as “quite tractable people” Rarely intervened in Gebusi affairs Gebusi associated physical growth and social development with spiritual regeneration o Valued religion and social life Live with the combined power of religious, sexual and social force o Desired contact with outsiders Village of Yibihilu
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o “Place of the deep waters” Kogwayay o Kog= togetherness , friendship, similarity Collective and communal nature o Wa (wa-la)= to talk Pleasant dialogues shared o Yay (kay)= to cheer , yell, joke, cry Unite human spiritual energy o Term that represents the Gebusi’s concept of culture: the beliefs, practices, and styles of living that are special and unique to them as a people The customs that make them different as people o Controlled and dominated by men They gathered for public talk each evening Could beat their wives for being flirtatious Gebusi values of happy social unity and of living in good company of one another (togetherness, talk and cheering) Spirit séances o Celebrated men’s sexual desires o Excluded women Women had a muted style of socializing Chapter 2: Rhythms of Survival Gebusi dwellings o House made mainly of leaves Leaves are pinned to wooden strips about 5 feet long These leave strips are like shingles to the roof beams of the house o Village longhouse (central dwelling and durable residence) measured 74 by 34 feet Weighs several tons Their biggest accomplishment of material culture
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2012 for the course ANT 104 taught by Professor George during the Fall '09 term at Wisconsin.

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