Where the Spirits Dwell: An Odyssey in the New Guinea Jungle

Tobias Schneebaum, Author Grove/Atlantic $17.95 (211p) ISBN 978-0-8021-0019-1
In 1973 artist-adventurer Schneebaum (Keep the River on Your Right) went to Indonesian New Guinea (Iriah Jaya) to collect artifacts for a museum. There he met the Asmat, a people barely two generations removed from headhunting, whose culture, he writes, gave insight and equanimity to his own sexual preferences. There, each man had a male ""exchange friend'' (lover) in addition to his wife. Schneebaum was adopted into an Asmat family and became part of a culture hardly touched by civilization. Home base for his travels was a Roman Catholic mission; the priests were a relaxed, easygoing community, dedicated to the welfare of their charges. In addition to artifacts, Schneebaum collected tribal lore. He gives a vivid picture of Aswat men and their activities, but makes no mention of the women. For him, this journey was a milestone, a confrontation with himself. It is an exotic odyssey. Photos. (January 22)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-8021-3166-9
Show other formats
Discover what to read next