Exploring relationships between craft distributions, language and geographical distance in the upper Sepik and Border Mountains of Papua New Guinea:
Sample, population estimates and an assessment of data relating to dialectical variation.
Andrew Fyfe and Jill Bolton
The sample and population estimates
92 string bags make up the sample (table 1). Small amulet bags were omitted because their limited size greatly restricted the range of SBCNs and SBCPs able to be used for their creation. Bags from poorly sampled language divisions and areas separated from the larger sample by a region occupied by communities of an unrepresented language group were also excluded to provide a relatively continuous and even distribution across space. The sample comes from 33 settlements. 91 of the bags were collected between 1959 and 1982. One was collected in 1930.
Table 1. List of string bags with source settlement name and object identity, language attribution of source settlement, museum
and museum’s acces
sion number, year of collection
and collector’s name
Settlement Language/ Dialect Museum/ Accession Number
Ambremaki-a Abau DR PM/E11614 1969/G. Gerrits Ambremaki-b Abau DR PM/E11615 1969/G. Gerrits Ambremaki-c Abau DR PM/E11629 1969/G. Gerrits Ambremaki-d Abau DR PM/E11630 1969/G. Gerrits Antibi Abau UR Amst./3947-10 1968/B. Craig Auya 2 Yuri Göttingen/3641 1969-73/H. Peter Baio-a Abau DR PM/79.1.298 1972/B. Craig Baio-b Abau DR PM/79.1.301 1972/B. Craig Baiwai Abau DR PM/79.1.299 1972/B. Craig Bambledian Abau UR PM/79.1.319 1972/B. Craig Bifrou-a Abau DR PM/E7490 1969/B. Craig Bifrou-b Abau DR Sydney/E64604 1969/B. Craig Bifrou-c Abau DR Sydney/E88852 1982/M. Mackenzie Bifrou-d Abau DR Sydney/E88860 1982/M. Mackenzie Bifrou-e Abau DR Sydney/E88861 1982/M. Mackenzie Bifrou-f Abau DR Sydney/E88862 1982/M. Mackenzie Bisiaburu-a Abau Central PM/E2598 1968/B. Craig Bisiaburu-b Abau Central Sydney/ E64305 1968/B. Craig
Museum identities: Amst. (Amsterdam): Tropen Museum; Basel: Museum der Kulturen; Berlin: Ethnologisches Museum; Göttingen: Institut und Sammlung für Völkerkunde der Universität Göttingen; Leiden: Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde
PM (Port Moresby): PNG National Museum; Sydney: Australian Museum;
Vienna: Museum für Völkerkunde.