Blood is Their Argument: Warfare Among the Mae Enga Tribesmen of the New Guinea Highlands
The scarcity of arable land in the central highlands of Papua New Guinea has created fierce competition among the Mae Enga for territorial control. Blood Is Their Argument studies the Mae Enga and their continuous struggle to survive and sustain both power and prestige.
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