Abstract

Danilyn Rutherford reflects on the myth that the Papuan inhabitants of western New Guinea are still living in the Stone Age. She suggests how this assumption has shaped the territory's history, not to mention the research of scholars like herself. Her current research is showing how the Stone Age fantasy stems from Dutch officials' experiences of intimacy and vulnerability while attempting to extend colonial rule in the highlands. The case of West Papua invites us to tell a new story about colonialism: one that begins with weakness, not strength.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2164-8654
Print ISSN
0019-7289
Pages
pp. 1-7
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-06
Open Access
No
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