A Trobriand/Massim Bibliography

Tenth Edition: March 2018
Allan C. Darrah
Jay B. Crain

In the seven years that have ensued since the previous edition of this bibliography there has been a twenty-seven percent increase in its mass consisting primarily of new publications along with fruit gleaned from the enhanced search engines of Worldcat, National Library of Australia, and The Australian National University Library. Of particular interest to Trobriand scholars will be the overall excellent growing body of work from the most recent wave of field workers i.e. Mosko, Jarrillo de la Torre, Lepani, Connelly, and MacCarthy.

Criteria for inclusion of materials has been flexible in terms of both geography and subject matter. (1)The geographic focus has always been the Trobriand Islands and neighboring societies associated with the kula; however, we have expanded the boundaries to include items which focus on Milne Bay Province and Papua New Guinea. Even though there have been no limitations for inclusion based on subject matter the main thrust has been ethnography. One major exception to the geographic criteria has been made; works by and about major Massim scholars, which contain little or no information about the Massim, have also been included.

The compilers wish to acknowledge major contributions made by Macintyre (1983) and Hide (2000) and most especially the massive PNG bibliography of Terrance Hays ( Important contributions were also made by Leach, J. (1978), Firth (1957), and Glass (1991). 2 This bibliography is very much a work in progress, containing a few incomplete citations and no doubt many errors. Anyone who would like to make additions or corrections, for the next edition, should contact Darrah or Crain


(1) Certain idiosyncratic mark-up conventions have been employed to assist members of the Depth Project. Works which have been digitized and are currently part of the DEPTH database have their date of publication in bold. Works which are part of the DEPTH’s collections but are not amenable to optical character recognition for various reasons have their date of publication underlined. An [E] symbol, next to the author’s name, indicates that the text was chosen by Annette Weiner for inclusion in the eHRAF database. Bolding of the author’s name indicates the author spent time in the Massim and the text may be informed by their first hand experiences.

(2) In 1965 Crain created the first Trobriand Bibliography which was updated in 1993 by Caroline Gardener and Allan Darrah as well as expanded to include materials from other islands in the Massim. The 1995 edition was compiled by Darrah with the help of Claire Chiu and the members of the Trobriand Seminar at CSUS. In 1999 and again in 2000 Darrah was responsible for updates. Darrah and Crain completed the 2012 update. The 2017 edition was compiled by Darrah.


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