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06 December 2018


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Hi Mathias - You have done a excellent job to collect the information to write a book like this. Well done.

History recorded in books endures. PNG has a million stories waiting to be told. What you have done is excellent. Also kudos for Francis Nii for getting the book through publication.

I've ordered a copy Mathias and am looking forward to reading it.

My copy arrived from Amazon during the week and I was knocked out by the production, the writing, the colour plates and especially by the scholarship - KJ

Congrats Mathias Kin, well done.

This is an excellent review of Mr Kin's book, Phil. I had the opportunity to glance through it when he handed me a draft copy. I will not hesitate to declare it as a 'masterpiece' from the hands of one of Simbu's very own.

Thank you Phil and congratulations Mathias Kin on this fine achievement.

I salute Mathias Kin for his well research book, the tedious process, sleepless nights, critics and patients pays off.

Mathias is not an anthropologist, ethnographer or historian. He is an engineer by profession. In gathering oral history, he wrote down objectively what people told him, the places, times and people involved in major events including killings of innocent people in the name of colonisation.

He does not write what he thinks but factual information that needed to be told for generations to come. Few of us did research with the late anthropologist Paula Brown who wrote beyond the mountain valley but never did anything on the killings.

Even the late pioneer anthropologist Fr John Nilles SVD never mentioned these sensitive issues. Fr Anio Montevani SVD, also an anthropologist who lived more than 30 years in Yombai parish South Simbu(Mathias Kin's place), would have been happy to read Mathias Kin's book. He was the priest who baptised both Francis Nii and Mathias Kin.

There is more to write about Simbu history and related topics and someone can write the second volume or something else. I have had the pride and honour to be a team member of SWA that puts Simbu on the literary map and which has much impact and motivation on young people.

A view point from the colonised - 'My Chimbu'. Great preview Phil and well done Mathias Kin.

Cannot wait to get a copy after having read “Beyond the Mountain Valley“ by Paula Brown and “MJ Leahy Exploration into Highland New Guinea” by J Goodall.

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