Sunday, May 22, 2011

at the bitter end - NOVA and the original ethnography by Forth

Although it is arriving at the bitter end, I was able to uncover the original text published by Gregory Forth titled, "Beneath the volcano: religion, cosmology and spirit classification among the Nage of eastern Indonesia" that details his first contact with the story of the ebu gogo in the mid to late 1990s. It has been ordered through Summit and will arrive soon.

I also dug up a NOVA presentation from 2008 that shows on youtube as a 5 part series, but once again, it focuses on Homo floresiensis/The Hobbit. It is a decent docu, however and allows one to see all the players involved in the intrigue of this puzzling find and explains the difficulty in determining what exactly these remains are and what that might mean to our understanding of human origins.

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