Placing the Newcomer: Staying with the Gawigl of Highland Papua New Guinea

  • Almut Schneider


The Gawigl in the Papua New Guinea Highlands provide Almut Schneider with a domicile and garden; along with the sites selected by her hosts, a social identity is transferred to her. She is to become a member of a certain ‘Men’s House’ and clan, whose land is to nourish her in both the physical and metaphysical sense. In this chapter Schneider describes how her continued participation in gift exchanges strengthens her inclusion as a ‘red woman—stranger from far away’. By the same token her ‘strange’ provenance remains to be valued, for it is as such that she makes the occasional gift of money and other ‘foreign’ valuables that contribute to the clan’s fame throughout the valley.


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  • Almut Schneider
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  1. 1.Goethe UniversityFrankfurtGermany

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