Trobriand Shield Virtual Museum
Collection of Trobriand war shields started during the period when early Christian missionaries and European expeditions infiltrated the Massim area in the Solomon Sea off British New Guinea.
Even the in-depth field work and ethnographic writing of Bronislaw Malinowski had failed to produce a definitive answer as to what, if anything, the designs on the decorated shields meant.
Welcome to a portal for all things Trobriand
Academic texts * Narratives * Analyses * Photography
What is DEPTH?
An extraordinary, in-depth,
Nearly 100 years ago, in a fortuitous meeting of mind and place, our understanding of the commonality and diversity in human experience took a great leap forward with Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski’s encounter with the people of the Trobriand Islands.
DEPTH, an expanding compilation of more than 800 texts related to Trobriand Islands and adjacent Massim cultures, is searched via DtSearch software allowing students to explore a complex literature by facilitating:
l) The reinterpretation of received ethnographic data;
"Imagine yourself suddenly set down ..." Malinowski, 1922
Malinowski's Trobriand Centenary in
2) The testing and revision of established theoretical precepts;
A secondary, but potentially more far-reaching objective of this project, is to provide a model to stimulate and facilitate the creation of other digital archives for students of other cultures to access to complex textual discourses within which they can examine and test contemporary knowledge.
What else is here?
While our focus centers on
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