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Her Name Came on Arrows: A Kinship Interview with the Baruya of New Guinea

Her Name Came on Arrows
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by Allison and Marek Jablonko, and Stephen Olsson
color/b&w, 26 min, 1969/1982

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In the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, French anthropologist Maurice Godelier invites five of his Baruya friends and informants to his house to discuss Baruya kinship and rules of marriage. As Godelier poses questions, the kinship rules that provide the cohesive fabric of Baruya culture are brought to life. Abstract terms are given practical meanings as Godelier investigates Baruya customs of stealing wives, exchanging sisters for wives, stealing names and exchanging 'food for blood.'

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Study Guide website for the films To Find The Baruya Story and Her Name Came On Arrows

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