Market Day

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Jane Fajans is a professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. She is blogging on location from the island of Papua New Guinea, near the Mariana Trench in the South Pacific, where she is conducting fieldwork with the Baining people. Her from-the-field updates will be key insights into this culture. Jane was invited to join the James Cameron expedition during their time in Papua New Guinea.

I arrived in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday evening, March 1, 2012.  At the moment I’m staying in a lovely beachside resort for a few days.

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My hotel  in Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Jane Fajans.

Across the bay from my hotel I can see several volcanoes.  Two of these volcanoes are active and letting off steam, but they are not presently erupting.  The last major eruption in 1994-96 destroyed much of the town of Rabaul.  During that eruption a whole new mountain emerged.

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Three volcanoes, Mother, Matupit, and Tavurvur, seen from across Blanche Bay.
Photo by Jane Fajans.

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