Louis Ledoux: Papua New Guinea Collection
By Willow Auction House
Nov 16, 2021
2 Frassetto Way Lincoln Park, NJ 07035, United States

Adventurer, Academic, Industrialist: Louis Pierre Ledoux 1936 New Guinea Expedition


In early 1936, on recommendation by American anthropologist Margaret Mead, Louis Pierre Ledoux, recent Harvard University graduate, headed to the lower eastern Sepik River of Papua New Guinea to study the Murik people.


The results of his self-funded expedition is an extraordinary collection of hundreds of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, diaries, and letters left untouched for 85 years.

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Letters K Barlow and D Lipset 1980's

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Letters K Barlow and D Lipset 1980's

Various letters (4 Letters) and documents to Kathleen Barlow and David Lipset about Louis Pierre Ledoux's photographs, and their own research amongst the Murik in the 1980s.

Includes the Barlow/Lipset manuscript dated 24 January 1982 "Other Men's Goods, Other Men's Wives: Murik Migration and Resettlement", and David Lipset's presentation entitled "Siman: Focus of Murik Primogenture" discussing 'siman' which are ceremonial valuables owned by the clan communally, including pigs teeth, and baskets, presented at 81st Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Dec. 3-7 1982 in Washington D.C.

Kathleen Barlow and David Lipset (wife-husband) conducted research in Murik Lakes region in the 1980s. They have since published on the culture.

Date: 1980's
Material: Paperwork
Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

 

 



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