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The Kiwi Papuans of British New Guinea This paper discusses the Kiwi Papuans of British New Guinea as described in The Kiwi Papuans of British New Guinea published by MacMillan and Co in 1970 Anthropologists Gunnar Landtman PHD lived among them in April 1910 to April 1912 in order to study their anthropology and sociology The majority of the Kiwi Papuans inhabit the large island of Kiwai which is about 50 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide In addition to Kiwai they inhabit certain islands in the estuary of the Fly a couple of villages on the northeastern bank of the river the right bank of the estuary and the sea coast towards the west as far as Mabudavane The Kiwai area lies exceedingly low which explains why the country is primarily swamp land and contains no hills whatsoever Along the shorelines there are few plots of cultivable land except some covered with coconut groves The finest display of tropical vegetation is along the riverbanks upstream from the nipa area The temperature of the region remains astonishingly constant It is pretty much always between twenty eight to thirty degrees Centigrade The temperature fluctuates so little even during the changes of seasons that it is hardly noticed at all Similarly the length of the days varies little throughout the year The maximum difference in the length of the day is only about one hour One difference does exist between the seasons in the Kiwai district There are distinct changes in wind and rainfall From about April to December is the period of the southeast monsoon when it is pretty much assured to be exceptionally windy during the day and somewhat lesser during the night The southeast monsoon represents the dry season of the year even though it can rain every now and then during this period Sometime around the end of December the winds become changeable signifying the beginning of the north west monsoon which
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