Ethnological Reconnaissance in New Guinea


    MUCH of the Mandated Territory of New Guinea is still uncontrolled, and even unexplored. Notwithstanding the difficulties of the country, the policy of exploration with a view to control is pursued with as little intermission as circumstances allow and has made substantial additions to knowledge in the information collected relating to the culture of previously unvisited or unknown peoples of the interior, notably in the regions adjacent to Mt. Hagen. A recent report to Sir Walter McNicoll, administrator of the Mandated Territory, by Mr. J. L. Taylor, assistant district officer, records the results of a patrol carried out by him in unexplored country westward from Mt. Hagen to the border of Dutch New Guinea, and northward towards the southern tributaries of the Sepik River during March 9, 1938-June 19, 1939. The area surveyed consisted of some 20,000 square miles, and was found to be for the most part of temperate climate, such as might be suitable for European occupation. The future of the country traversed is said to lie in agriculture and pig-raising.

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    Ethnological Reconnaissance in New Guinea. Nature 145, 506–507 (1940).

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