The Maring of the Simbai Valley 1963 - 1964


Here follow visual highlights of the Jablonkos' fieldwork among the people of the Fungai-Korama clan-cluster. Allison and Marek Jablonko lived in Gunts, a Fungai hamlet, which was also the base for Cherry Lowman Vayda and A. Peter Vayda. There were occasional trips to Dikai, where Roy and Anne Rappaport were doing fieldwork among the Tsembaga people during the year of their ritual "kaiko".
At the patrol post in Simbai. From left to right: the patrol officer, the miner, the missionary and the local luluai.
Heading eastward, we get our first glimpse of the landscape of the Kalam and Maring peoples.
Tultul Mbabi crossing a fence along the Kiap Road. Carrying "cargo": boots and other small items.
On the Kiap Road from Gunts to Dikai, Mbera pauses on the suspension bridge over the Tsangamp River. March 13, 1963