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Edwin Cook and Susan Pflanz Cook Collection

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American anthropologists, Edwin Aubrey Cook (b. 1932 - d. 1984) and Susan Pflanz (Susan Pflanz-Cook Warrner) produced these photographs and sound recordings during field 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. The sound recordings include interviews, song learning, church functions, festivals, meetings, stories and TAT (Thematic Apperception Test) responses spanning 1958-1972. The Narak language tapes were recorded by Linguist Stephen Wurm in 1958, prior to Cook's arrival. The sound recordings were digitized through support by a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sound recordings are available upon request and registration.

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


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