I Can See My Country Clearly Now by Daniel Kumbon, Pukpuk Publications, 2016, ISBN: 978-1530843954, 266 pages plus photographs, US$10.10 plus postage or contact Daniel on email@example.com.
For people who enjoyed Daniel’s first compilation of writing from a variety of Engan authors, Remember Me, another treat is in store. He has now published a work entirely in his own right. We hope this will help Enga Province along the road to developing its own literary heritage in much the same way that Simbu writers have put their province on the literary map. Anthropologist Polly Wiessner, who for many years has worked extensively in Enga, wrote this foreword – PF.
THERE are few societies that have travelled from the Stone Age into the global economy of today as rapidly as the inhabitants of Enga Province in Papua New Guinea.
Prospectors and explorers first moved through the area in the early 1930s, followed the Taylor-Black Hagen-Sepik patrol in 1938-9 and the establishment of a patrol post at Wabag. Isolated by World War II, most of Enga did not come under control of the Australian Administration until the 1950s and 60s.