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Contributions to his research prove invaluable In New Guinea pidgin throwim way leg means to take the first step of a long journey The journey in this book is a wild ride full of natural wonders and Flannery's trademark wit a tour de force of travelogue anthropology and natural histo. Tim Flannery is a biologist studying the mammals of New Guinea This book describes his expeditions to the island both the independent half and the Indonesian ruled half in the 1980s and the 1990s Flannery did discover several mammals new to Western science though not to the local hunters a new species of cave nesting bat a new species of tree kangaroo a new species of ground living tree kangaroo and so on in a cave he found the bones of an extinct panda sized herbivorous marsupial and an extinct wallaby The animals are not as interesting though as the indigenous people Flannery worked withThe hunters gatherers knew the natural history of their region could imitate the calls of many animals and tracked and hunted specimens for Flannery However they had little understanding of the outside world A Papuan man once asked Flannery how to make an airplane Well you take ore out of the ground like in the mine you ve seen smelt it and cast the metal and form it into the wings fuselage and propeller at a factory it takes the organized labor of many people to make an airplane and no single man knows it all No just tell me how to make them He did not understand that Flannery did not possess a magical formula for making airplanes which he refused to share out of sheer selfishness Another complained to Flannery that the central government has given transistor radios to all the ghosts but not to the live residents of his village A Christian missionary told Flannery that when he first described heaven and hell to his parishioners and showed proselytizing cartoons to them they all preferred hell dark skinned humanoids sticking many pronged spears into white men next to a warm fire is of course much attractive than menacing looking white men in a misty place reminiscent of cold mountaintops An American ornithologist and a zoologist paid a tribe too little for their help so they decided to avenge this by killing the next Western biologist who comes to their tribal area as they would kill a clansman of a Papuan who has wronged them Fortunately Flannery avoided being killed by throwing a pig feast and making a formal agreement with the tribe about compensation for their workThe traditional way of life is being slowly destroyed by environmentally destructive gold and copper mining immigration from other Indonesian islands into the Indonesian half of New Guinea Christian missionaries eradicating pagan customs and beliefs introduced disease such as tuberculosis and the pig tapeworm which is transmitted to humans who eat undercooked pork and can form cysts in the brain and accessibility of modern goods such as second hand clothes Of course the old days were no golden age An old Papuan once told Flannery how his village raided another village he thought that they had slaughtered everyone when he noticed a baby not yet a year old in a string bag up in a tree he slung the bag over his shoulder and the baby fell asleep between the severed limbs of its parents The raider raised the baby as his own son As he was telling this story his wife chimed in when they ate the baby s fat parents she had enough milk to nurse two children Yet the Papuans are not given a choice whether to live the old way or the modern way Hers to Protect you take ore out of the ground like in the mine Her Small-Town Hero you ve seen smelt it and cast the metal and form it into the wings fuselage and propeller at a factory it takes the organized labor of many people to make an airplane and no single man knows it all No just tell me how to make them He did not understand that Flannery did not possess a magical formula for making airplanes which he refused to share out of sheer selfishness Another complained to Flannery that the central government has given transistor radios to all the ghosts but not to the live residents of his village A Christian missionary told Flannery that when he first described heaven and hell to his parishioners and showed proselytizing cartoons to them they all preferred hell dark skinned humanoids sticking many pronged spears into white men next to a warm fire is of course much attractive than menacing looking white men in a misty place reminiscent of cold mountaintops An American ornithologist and a zoologist paid a tribe too little for their help so they decided to avenge this by killing the next Western biologist who comes to their tribal area as they would kill a clansman of a Papuan who has wronged them Fortunately Flannery avoided being killed by throwing a pig feast and making a formal agreement with the tribe about compensation for their workThe traditional way of life is being slowly destroyed by environmentally destructive gold and copper mining immigration from other Indonesian islands into the Indonesian half of New Guinea Christian missionaries eradicating pagan customs and beliefs introduced disease such as tuberculosis and the pig tapeworm which is transmitted to humans who eat undercooked pork and can form cysts in the brain and accessibility of modern goods such as second hand clothes Of course the old days were no golden age An old Papuan once told Flannery how his village raided another village he thought that they had slaughtered everyone when he noticed a baby not Red Tail (Travis Trilogy yet a Promises in Tumble Creek year old in a string bag up in a tree he slung the bag over his shoulder and the baby fell asleep between the severed limbs of its parents The raider raised the baby as his own son As he was telling this story his wife chimed in when they ate the baby s fat parents she had enough milk to nurse two children Yet the Papuans are not given a choice whether to live the old way or the modern way

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Rgettable adventures Flannery scales cliffs descends into caverns and cheats death both from disease and at the hands of the local cannibals who wish to take revenge on his clan of wildlife scientists He eventually befriends the tribespeople who become companions in his uest and whose. Tim Flannery a zoologist with the Australian Museum has been traveling since the early 1980 s to New Guinea where he s discovered lots of new mammal and other animal species most notably the black and white ground living tree kangaroo Dendrolagus mbaiso The spirit of this memoir is generally one of wonder adventure and joyous discovery It s not all fun though the decline of traditional ways of life and the injustices perpetrated on Irian Jaya by the Indonesian military make their way into the book too I highly recommend this as a travel narrative and an introduction to the flora fauna and human traditions of New Guinea

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Flannery travels to the unexplored regions of New Guinea in search of species that science has yet to discover or classify He finds many from a community of giant cave bats that were supposedly extinct to the elusive black and white tree kangaroo and along the way has a wealth of unfo. Throwim Way Leg Tree Kangaroos Possums and Penis Gourds guides the reader to tops of misty mountains beside a tropical glacier for real over swinging vine bridges and through malaria infested swampland If that isn t enough to excite you there s always the stone age cultures the hunt for unclassified and unknown species of mammals and fauna fossils and many close calls This is also the story of threatened cultures an intrusive Irian Jayan government and greedy American mine owners There s a little bit or lot for anyone who cares about how other people groups lead their daily lives what they eat how they play and what their surroundings look like Tim Flannery paints New Guinea in colors that made me feel like I was there trekking alongside him and his crew on their journeys through rugged but beautiful terrain I lived the first two years of my infant life there This book captured the essence of New Guinea for me and I am grateful for a picture of what I missed Flannery write his experiences in prose that reads like a novel It is not a difficult read in the leastThe only knock I have on this book is that it ends the narrative in the mid nineties I m sure a lot has changed since then but maybe I wouldn t want to know what those changes are especially in Irian Jaya where mining and logging was already ruining the environment 12 stars


10 thoughts on “Throwim Way Leg

  1. says:

    35 starsThrowim Way Leg is the fifth book by Australian mammalogist palaeontologist environmentalist global warming activist and author Tim Flannery It describes his many expeditions into Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya in uest of

  2. says:

    Throwim' Way Leg Tree Kangaroos Possums and Penis Gourds guides the reader to tops of misty mountains beside a tropical glacier for real over swinging vine bridges and through malaria infested swampland If that isn't enough to excite you there's always the stone age cultures the hunt for unclassified and unknown species of mammals and fauna fossils and many close calls This is also the story of threatened cultures an intrusive Ir

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    Yes they really wear gourds on their penises Oh do admit you were dying to know Parental guidance recommended f

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  5. says:

    Tim Flannery a zoologist with the Australian Museum has been traveling since the early 1980's to New Guinea where he's discovered lots of new mammal and other animal species most notably the black and white ground living tree kangaroo Dendrolagus mbaiso The spirit of this memoir is generally one of wonder adventure and joyous discovery It's not all fun though the decline of traditional ways of life and the injustices pe

  6. says:

    A fantastic narrative in Papua New Guinea This book will make you see how a primitive culture is actually a superior intellect evolved specific

  7. says:

    Tim Flannery is a biologist studying the mammals of New Guinea This book describes his expeditions to the island both the independent half an

  8. says:

    I love travelogues about Papua New Guinea It's one of the only places left where you can if you try hard enough travel back to the Stone Age Everything feels a bit real there in a gritty but wacky way Here also is a rare glimpse into the Indo

  9. says:

    Very interesting and one of the best sources of detailed biological and cultural info on Papua New Guinea Irian Jaya that I've found Flannery is a good storyteller weaving scientific details and intercultural interactions in an engaging narrative He worked in parts of PNG uite different from the coastal zone where I was based but his stories evoke common themes from my experience there

  10. says:

    I enjoyed reading about Flannery's travels through New Guinea and learned about the country its flora fauna and people I didn't think it was very well written though a bit fluffy I also wish there were better maps

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