University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Ann Chowning

Canoe Making Among the Molima of Fergusson Island

Photo of people in canoe on the water

By: Ann Chowning

At dusk on May 12, 1958, as I sat on the beach talking with my adoptive family, four beautifully decorated canoes rounded the point east of us and drew up outside my house. I recognized them as a group just completed in Paiaiana, the Molima census group east of Ailuluai, in which I lived. The […]


Ceremonies, Shell Money and Culture Among the Kove

By: Ann Chowning

The Kove (or Kombe) have the reputation of being the most difficult people in the large island of New Britain, and they rejoice in it. Feeling themselves superior to everyone around them, they take pride in cheating and bullying the mem­bers of neighboring linguistic groups and in resisting the efforts of missionaries and the Australian […]


Lakalai Revisited

By: Ann Chowning

Except for the few who have managed to work in areas virtually unaffected by Western civilization, ethnographers are all too familiar with a feeling of regret at not having been able to study a particular group even ten years earlier, before so much was abandoned or forgotten. Over and over, we are told, “It’s too bad; So-and-so […]