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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 On oral history and local calendars: experiences in the field in Papua New Guinea

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 On oral history and local calendars: experiences in the field in Papua New Guinea Robin Mearns Local calendars and nutritional ages of some people to the date the local studies airstrip was built, in 1961, an event which heralded great change in the area. Their parents' ages you could sometimes judge by Anthropometric means of assessing nutritional the dates of the `first contact' patrols to pass status among children are often criticised for through these remote parts of New Guinea, in comparing unlike with unlike. Jelliffe's this case during the 1930s. Once a range of standard tables, for example, are scarcely valid reference ages had been set in this way, you if you are comparing the nutritional status of could ask mothers whether their second-born school aged children in the Highlands of was born before or after another woman's Papua New Guinea, whose diets are typically child known to her, and of known age, and so deficient in protein, with that of children of a on. Laborious work perhaps, but fascinating as similar age in Europe or North America. well as fruitful in the end. However, anthropometric techniques, relying on measurements of a ...

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