University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Barbara H. Roll

Loving a Village

By: Barbara H. Roll

In 1928 the newly married young anthropologists Margaret Mead and Reo Fortune lived for six months in a village called Pere, off the south coast of a small island called Manus in the Territory of Papua New Guinea ( Figs. 1, 2). Toward the end of her life, on the last of her seven visits […]

Pere Village

By: Barbara H. Roll

Pere is the home of the largest and most powerful clan on the south coast of Manus. In 1928 it held about 240 persons living in 45 palm-thatched houses built over a tidewater lagoon. Located about a quarter-mile from the shore of Manus Island, the village lay inside a coral reef that protected it from […]