The research that I conducted for this book was carried out in Papua
New Guinea, the United States, and Australia and was funded by the
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the United States Na-
tional Science Foundation, Barnard College, and the Center for Environmental
Research and Conservation at Columbia University. I wish to thank all four of
these institutions for their support, especially the Wenner-Gren Foundation,
who funded my doctoral research and awarded me a Richard Carley-Hunt
postdoctoral research grant that allowed me to turn my dissertation into a
book; and the Barnard College O≈ce of the Provost and Provost Elizabeth
Boylan. I also wish to thank Mr. Damon Dell, owner of the Hog Pitt, who gave
me the bartending job that funded the portion of my research that was carried
out in New York City between March 1997 and August 1997.
The debts that I owe to the people who participated in the research for this
book are immeasurable, and I can only mention some of them here.
Every resident of Maimafu village deserves and has my gratitude. They al-
lowed me to live with them, pester them with thousands of questions, follow
them around their gardens and their forest, and make a general anthropological
nuisance of myself. They took care of me, protected me, fed me, lifted me up
when I fell down the sides of mountains, and taught me with kindness, pa-
tience, and humor. I would especially like to acknowledge Philip, Ine, Gilbert,
Robert, Sarau, Moyha, Daniel, Waymane, Betty, Naomi, Kusiomo, Kalasaga,
Seahnabe, Karo, Semi and her mother, Wallis, Thomas, Agua, Hamasabi, Little
Daniel, Mybo, Kepsi, Anna, Tom, Carol, and Naison. Kawale took care of me
like a father and Ebule protected me with old magic; not a day goes by that I do
not feel the pain of our losing them. Jonah and Lukas saved my life one night,
and for that kind of thing there is no way to adequately say thank you. Kobe
gave me the food that sustained me, and so now, I feel her in my bones as I move
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