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"Styles of sculpture, music, and dance used to vary greatly from village to
village within New Guinea. Some villagers along the Sepik River and in the
Asmat swamps produced carvings that are now world-famous because of their
quality. But New Guinea villagers have been increasing coerced or seduced
into abandoning their artistic traditions. When I visited an isolated
triblet of 578 people at Bomai in 1965, the missionary controlling the only
store had just manipulated the people into burning all their art.
Centuries of unique cultural development ("heathen artifacts," as the
missionary put it) had thus been destroyed in one morning."
[Jared Diamond, _The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future
of the Human Animal_, 1992, Harper Collins, New York, page 231]



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