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Edwin Cook and Susan Pflanz Cook Photographs

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Edwin Cook and Susan Pflanz Cook Photographs

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  • Some items restricted
  • 1961-1972

Photographs taken by American anthropologists, Edwin Aubrey Cook (b. 1932 - d. 1984) and Susan Pflanz (Susan Pflanz-Cook Warrner), documenting research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea in 1961-1963 and 1971-1972. The majority of images document the social life and customs of the Kwiop and other Narak-speaking people, mainly in the Western Highlands Province. Topics of particular focus include rituals and ceremonies such as bride-price exchanges. The later photographs include local court cases, trade stores, and plantations. Cultural shows in Mount Hagen and Port Moresby are well-represented, along with photographs taken in western New Guinea in the Balim Valley and Jayapura.


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From the Edwin Cook Papers. MSS 187. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.