Journal article

Responses to a drought in the interior lowlands of Papua New Guinea: A comparison of Bedamuni and Kubo-Konai

M Minnegal, PD Dwyer

Human Ecology | Klower Academic/Plenum Publishing | Published : 2000


The ways that people experience, respond to and pattern recovery from major climatic aberrations must be understood within the context of existing socioeconomic arrangements and the ethos that informs these. This paper describes immediate and longer term impacts of a major drought on two populations-Bedamuni and Kubo-Konai-in the interior lowlands of Papua New Guinea. Though they occupy similar environments, are culturally related and reliant on similar technology and resources, these two populations differ in density, intensity of land use, and social complexity. The drought of 1997 affected one of the populations much more severely than the other. A comparison of effects on subsistence reg..

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