War in Ecological Perspective: Persistence, Change, and by Andrew Vayda

By Andrew Vayda

This publication offers with battle in 3 Oceanian societies. extra specifi­ cally, it analyzes the next: the method of conflict in terms of inhabitants strain between New Guinea's Maring humans; exten­ sion and contraction within the headhunting actions of the Iban humans of Sarawak through the 19th century; and the disrup­ tion caused by the advent of muskets within the battle of the Maoris of latest Zealand. In all the analyses, i've got seen warfare as a approach instead of easily as whatever that both does or doesn't take place and i've attempted to work out how the method pertains to environmental difficulties or perturbations truly confronted by means of humans. using such an technique can, i think, bring about very important understandings approximately struggle and, extra commonly, approximately how humans reply to environmental difficulties. A target during this e-book is to teach that this is often so. even though it is just fairly lately that the importance of viewing conflict as a method grew to become transparent to me, my curiosity in battle when it comes to environmental and demographic phenomena is of lengthy vii viii Preface status. the start of the reviews leading to the current publication can, in reality, be acknowledged so far again to the mid-1950s whilst i used to be in New Zealand to do library learn for my Ph. D. dissertation on Maori warfare.

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By early October the Tabibuga officer, Barry Griffin, was able to make the statement that all of the recently routed Maring-speaking groups of the Jimi Valley-the Ambrakui, the Manamban, and the Tyendahad, like the Narak-speaking Manga, been restored to their lands. Actually, the statement, at least in October 1956, could not be made accurately without qualifications, and the qualifications called for are suggestive as to what might have been the aftermath of the routs in the absence of government intervention.

The pattern is noted here again because it was put into effect by some groups like the Tsembaga (see Rappaport, 1967:145) and the Murmbugai of the Simbai Valley, not when in their original places of refuge after having been routed, but rather when they had returned from those places to use their own territories (even if not to live on them) once more. The Murmbugai were still following this pattern in War as a Process 31 1963, some seven or eight years after they had been defeated by the Kandambent-Namigai group.

The stake-planting would be followed by a pig festival in which, as previously noted, the outstanding obligations to allies and ancestor spirits would be met and their help in future encounters with enemies would thus, most beneficially for the group's morale, be secured. But not all defeated groups that gained their subsistence from their own lands after warfare had their confidence-and the grounds for confidence-restored to this same high degree. For some groups, perhaps with the loss of men and destruction of resources suffered in warfare compounded by post-bellum adversities such as diseases affecting themselves or their pigs, the borderlands where the enemy, his spirits, and his magic were thought to lurk continued to be places of fearsome peril.

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