To a Trobriander, such as Linus and his informants, they immediately impart a great deal more than to a seasoned anthropologist such as Young himself: 'I was struck by a number of things that Linus and his own local informants saw in these photographs that were initially invisible to me' (p.
The realities of 'Malinowski's Kiriwina' are still a presence in the living selfhood and existence of the present-day Trobrianders who approach these old images primarily in terms of an attitude of self-recognition.
He pointed out, for instance, that the Trobrianders
he studied were masterful gardeners with "extensive knowledge of the classes of soil, of the various cultivated plants, of the mutual adaptation of these two factors.
Like Darwinian theories of evolution, like Sigmund Freud's and Alfred Kinsey's theories of human sexuality, like Margaret Meade's theories of free-love among the Trobrianders
, like Paul Erlich's Zero Population Growth, the theory of global warming has yet to be proven.
Much like the anthropologists of the early twentieth century who took it as their job to salvage vanishing cultures such as the Trobrianders
, these musical "anthropologists" enact the "salvage paradigm," which James Clifford regards as "a desire to rescue 'authenticity' out of destructive historical change.
do not outwardly speculate about the thoughts and desires of others, believing that 'each person's mind is inviolate' (Weiner 1988:70), 'protected and bounded from the intentions of others' (Weiner 1983:692, 695).
The main advantage of the 'divine dividual' as I see it--a dividual composed of sacred and non-sacred components--is that it captures indigenous viewpoints of how Trobrianders
view not only themselves and their relations but also the novel powers of exogenous Europeans and the wealth and practices that they have introduced historically (cf Bashkow 2006).
T]his is the Story of Birth, as it is believed by intelligent Trobrianders
as thoroughly as a modern [Western religious] congregation would believe the curate's shy announcement that during the night the angels had brought him a little son .
To date, few Trobrianders
have direct experience with the clinical and social manifestations of diagnosed HIV sero-positivity.
appear to 'see' sovasova in what might be cases of AIDS .
On Practical Nostalgia: Self-Prospecting among Urban Trobrianders
17) While I do not dispute the value of breastfeeding, or that Trobrianders
create cosmologies founded upon perceptions of women as life givers, I do dispute that these contain an essential truth or desirability by virtue of their non-Western-ness.