Book review of "Secret Places: my life in New York and New Guinea" by Tobias Schneebaum, Madison and London: The University of Wisconsin Press.
Fuary, Maureen (2001) Book review of "Secret Places: my life in New York and New Guinea" by Tobias Schneebaum, Madison and London: The University of Wisconsin Press. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 2 (2). pp. 169-171.
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[Extract] Schneebaum's autobiography, focusing on his personal and professional life in New York and with the Asmat of West Papua, is a very disappointing and frustrating book. Not the least of the problems, is the misleading advertising which accompanies the book, citing anthropology and ethnology as a key focus, along with gay male identity. What Schneebaum is doing, or was doing among the Asmat in no way resembles anthropology. Indeed, he is not an anthropologist. He is an artist, and most of his time in West Papua was spent cataloguing an artefact collection, acquiring Asmat artefacts, and lecturing to tourists. In fact, this book is a rambling narrative, in need of a strong editorial hand, about the author's gay Jewish identity, Asmat and European art, and Asmat men, who Schneebaum renders 'savage', erotic and exotic.
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