Don Kulick - A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea — in conversation with Carl Hoffman — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Upcoming Event
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Kulick, Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology at Sweden’s Uppsala University, is an expert in Tayap, a language spoken nowhere in the world outside Gapan, a tiny jungle village I New Guinea. Possibly as ancient as Greek or Latin, Tayap now has only fifty active speakers, and may soon exist solely on the tapes Kulick has made over the last thirty years. Once it’s gone, Kulick asks, what happens to the culture it was part of? In this vivid and moving account, Kulick recreates daily life as it has been lived in Gapan for untold centuries, showing how this unique people has thrived in isolation and how contact with the modern world threatens to destroy it. Kulick will be in conversation with Carl Hoffman, author most recently of The Last Wild Men of Borneo.

 

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Non Fiction
A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616209049
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 18th, 2019

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