Blog posts tagged with 'baining'

Lost Among the Baining
Gail Pool looks back with humor and insight on the year she and her husband conducted anthropological research among the Baining -- a remote tribe located in the New Britain province of Papua New Guinea. Fresh out of Harvard, the ambitious youths pursue their fieldwork among a people even the renowned anthropologist Gregory Bateson warns them against. The Baining, according to Bateson and other experts in the field, are a “very shy and frightened” people who speak an “abominable” language and, at bottom, are “monstrously difficult to work with.” Undaunted, the couple ignores precautions to maintain their sense of identity and goes native, forging a life in the wilderness of Papua New Guinea.