Part autobiographical journal, part social-historical novel, this book tracks Tobias Scheebaum's almost epic life story, from his youth through his life in Peru, Borneo and beyond. A young man from New York, Schneebaum ""disappeared"" in 1955 on the slopes of the Andes. He lived for more than a year among the remote Harakhambut people, discovering a way of being that was strange, primitive and powerfully attractive to him. His search eventually led him on an odyssey through South America, India, Tibet, Borneo, New Guinea and Southeast Asia.
Tobias Schneebaum is the author of Where the Spirits Dwell, Keep the River on Your Right, and Secret Places: My Life in New York and New Guinea. From 1973 to 1983 he was assistant to the curator of the Asmat Museum of Culture and Progress in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. He is the subject of a documentary film, Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, which received the Critic's Choice Award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2000.