Orginal Publication Date
Explorations in Ethnic Studies
Ongka, A Self Account by a New Guinea Big Man is an oral narrative of the history and culture of a New Guinea big man named Ongka. A big man is a political leader within the Melpan culture of New Guinea. Ongka has served as a local government counsellor and is an outstanding political figure in his homeland. He presented his narrative to Andrew Strathern in the Melpan language via cassette recorder and Strathern translated his words into English.
Copyright, ©EES, The National Association for Ethnic Studies, 1980