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Anthropology Photographic Archive - The University Of Auckland


Social Anthropology

Ralph Bulmer:
Bulmer was one of the earliest social anthropologists working in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea from 1955-1976. Bulmer’s research produced the first scientific documents concerning the social life and culture of two peoples in different parts of the area: the Kyaka-Enga speaking people at Yaramanda, Baiyer River Valley, in what is now Enga Province (fieldwork from 1955 to 1960) and the Kalam speaking people of the upper Kaironk valley, Schrader Range, near Simbai Station, in what is now Madang Province. The collections represent an early photographic record of two populations in the Papua New Guinea Highlands, produced by a most respected scholar with an international reputation, a late member of the University of Auckland and a very gifted photographer. Bulmer supplied the University of Auckland Department of Anthropology Photograph Archive with detailed ethnographic documentation for some of his photographic collections, particularly the early Kyaka collections.

Robin Hide:
A collection of photographs taken by Dr Robin Hide from October 1962 to August 1963 with field books. They depict people and places around Simbai Anglican Mission and the Simbai Government Station, at villages in the Jimi valley, Kalam and Maring people at Simbai Station as well as scenes from a trip to Mt Wilhelm and Kundiawa (Chimbu Province).

Bruce Biggs:
Biggs accompanied Bulmer on his very first visit to Kalam and the Schrader Range in 1960 and carried out fieldwork on his own and with Bulmer in the following years. This collection covers the field trip which coincided with Bulmer’s and Pawley’s in Papua New Guinea in 1963/64 in the same general area.

Bruce Biggs biography (RSNZ)

Andrew Pawley:
This collection covers his first trip to the Kaironk valley together with Bulmer and Biggs in 1963. There are valuable images depicting Biggs at work with Kalam people and images of trips they undertook in the whole valley. In the festschrift for Bulmer, Pawley published a short description of this fieldtrip. This helped to identify these images as well as some of the Biggs’ and Bulmer collections that are without documentation.

Graham Jackson:
Jackson was student of Bulmer’s and carried out his doctoral fieldwork among the Kopon people, neighbours of Kalam people, in the lower Kaironk valley in 1965/66. No accompanying documentation available for these images. Information on topics can be found in Jackson’s 1975 PhD Thesis.

Antony Hooper:
The Hooper Tokelau collections from 1967/68, 1976 have limited documentation but are a valuable resource.

Judith Huntsman:
The Huntsman Tokelau collections from 1971, 1976 and 1991.

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The Anthropology Image Database contains images from some of the earliest professional archaeological excavations carried out in New Zealand dating back to 1956. Many of these site excavations have not been published and the photographic record provides valuable information on what was found. Images from 26 North Island excavations have been digitised. Highlights are:

Professor Jack Golson
Excavations from 1956 to the late 1960’s on the Coromandel Peninsula (Opito, Sarah’s Gully, Great Mercury Island, Oruarangi), Auckland (Motutapu Island, Mt Wellington) and Bay of Plenty (Pakotore, Kauri Point).

University of Auckland Archaeologists Excavations
From the 1950’s and 1960’s including Houhora, Ongari, Kauri Point Swamp, Ngaroto, Mangakaware, Otakanini, Moturua Island, Waioneke, Mt Roskill, Taniwha Pa, Maioro and Ruarangi.

Several hundred images of Lapita pottery fragments.

Lapita information (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Lapita Image, Lapita culture Terra Cotta

Ralph Bulmer with Walpole in Yarramanda village, Papua New Guinea 1955.

Lapita Image, Lapita culture Terra Cotta

Bruce Biggs with Yarramanda village children, Papua New Guinea 1959/60.

Lapita Image, Lapita culture Terra Cotta

Jack Golson looking at a one piece fishhook, Sarah's Gully Settlement 1956/57.

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