List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction PART I: AMONG THE SCIENTISTS: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE MASSIM Chapter 1. Return to the Garden: Gwed, locating intentions and interpretive puzzles PART II: TOWARDS AN ETHNOGRAPHY OF TREES Chapter 2. The Trees: Classificatory forms, landscape beacons and basic categories Chapter 3. The Forests and the Fire: Tasim, Inverted Landscapes, and Tree Meanings Chapter 4. A Story of Calophyllum. From Ecological to Social Facts PART III: SYNTHESIZING MODELS Chapter 5. Vatul: A Life Form and a Form for Life Chapter 6. Geometries of Motion: Trees and the Boats of the Eastern Kula Ring References
Frederick H. Damon is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.
"This is a hugely important book. It's publication marks a milestone in anthropological theory - a must read in any course concerned with material culture, science and technology, and human ecology, and a treasure for those interested in maritime cultures." * Susanne Kuechler, University College London "This research is a bold undertaking in its intention and in its attention to detail... this book leaves no stone unturned, no leaf unexamined, no canoe fixture unquestioned." * Shirley Campbell, Australian National University