It would be of interest not only to linguists and anthropologists but to any reader wanting to iscover a different way of life and culture in a remote corner of thi world.
On th personal note, I travelled for weeks in the Indonesian controlled part of New Guinea, with mall group led by an anthropologist who took us to some seldom visited tribes, including ones who could no be reached by small boats or hiking through the jungle.
There are approximately 1000 different languages spoken in New Guinea.
Don Kulick realized he needed to embed himself in village life to learn Tayap in order to discover why it was becoming obsolete.
To his ismay, he kne that he was elieved to be th dead villager who visited the European world and returned as a blac woma.
Th was related to their elief in the Cargo cult that white people were dead relatives who would return bringing lavish gifts from the outside world and would make a change to transform their settlements into modern times with roads, cars, planes and homes they had seen pictured.