Domestic water use in the New Guinea Highlands: the case of the Raiapu Enga

R Feacham
Study of traditional patterns of water use. Data reported for the Raiapu Enga clan in the Saka Valley near Wapenamanda in the Western Highlands. Regional and environment and culture briefly described. Attitudes to water, including fear of poison,, female contamination. Sources are natural streams, rivers and springs. Rainwater also in the wet season. Pollution status varies from relatively clean to human and porcine faecal material. Water is collected in late afternoons in gourds, bamboos, tins...
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