While Papua New Guinea (PNG) is on the minds of many for the first time recently, first contact in the Papua New Guinea highlands is a perennial topic for anthropologists (in fact it’s my original area of specialty) and Connolly and Anderson’s trilogy of films about first contact in Hagen and its aftermath — First Contact, Joe Leahy’s Neighbors, and Black Harvest — have been shown to Intro Anthro courses innumberable times. Now my ASAO homies tell me that the ABC (That’s Australian Broadcasting Corporation, for all the yanks out there) has just released Bob Connolly’s memoir of making Black Harvest, entitled (duh) “Making Black Harvest”:http://shop.abc.net.au/browse/product.asp?productid=161709. I haven’t read it but I have no doubt that, like the rest of Connolly and Anderson’s work, it will do its topic justice.
ABC has tons of great stuff on PNG. If you are interested in learning more about the country’s history “Taim Bilong Masta”:http://shop.abc.net.au/browse/product.asp?productid=235649, a long radio documentary, is now available (and it has a couple of episodes on first contact). If you are interested in reading more about the country, there is always my Amazon list of “good books about Papua New Guinea”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/listmania/list-browse/-/1G0AWY4SJEX79/.