A Place Against Time: Land and Environment in the Papua New Guinea Highlands (Studies in Environmental Anthropology v.1)
By: Paul Sillitoe (author)Hardback
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A Place Against Time is an ethnographically focused environmental study of Montane, New Guinea, where people were among the world's first to cultivate crops some ten millennia ago, and where today an enduring agricultural condition continues. It arranges its account of climate, vegetation topography and geology according to their relationship with the soils of the region occupied by Wola speakers in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, in the Western Pacific. This book breaks new intellectual ground as an ethno-environmental investigation with a soils perspective, ethno-pedology being a little researched topic to date.
Environmental ethnoscience: land use, soils and society; rotating the land: the relativity of shifting cultivation; the climate factor; ethnometeorology: the climate; coping with climatic variations: the spectre of famine; the land resources factor; ethnogeoscience: topography and geology; living with land loss: the costs of erosion; the biotic factor; ethnobotany: the plants and vegetation communities; contending with forest and fallow: demons to regrowth; into the soil: nutrient cycling and decomposition; the soil ethnopedology: the soils; keeping up with soil status: the implications of variability; out of the soil: fertility under cultivation. (Part contents).
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