Throwim Way Leg

Throwim Way Leg

Tree-kangaroos, Possums, and Penis Gourds--on the Track of Unknown Mammals in Wildest New Guinea

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A poignant journey into the enigmatic wilds of New Guinea details the author's friendship with a fabled warrior who commandeered the attack on colonial whites years ago and discusses the fate of the indigenous peoples as they confront technologically advanced industries. 15,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Tim Flannery is a scientist of international standing, a world expert on the fauna of New Guinea with twenty new species and seven books to his credit. In Throwim Way Leg, he takes us into the field and on an unforgettable journey into the heart of this mysterious and uncharted country.
Flannery's scientific voyage leads him to places he never dreamed of: he camps among cannibals and befriends Femsep, a legendary warrior who led the slaughter of colonial whites decades before. He enters caves full of skeletons of long-extinct giant marsupials, scales mountains previously untouched by Europeans, and is nearly killed when tribespeople decide to take revenge for their prior mistreatment by his "clan" (wildlife scientists). And Flannery writes movingly of the fate of indigenous people in collision with the high-tech world of late-twentieth-century industry.
In New Guinea pidgin, throwim way leg means to thrust out your leg on the first step of a long journey. Full of adventure, wit, and natural wonders, Flannery's narrative is just such a spectacular trip.

Baker
& Taylor

Details the author's friendship with a New Guinea warrior and the fate of the indigenous peoples

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1998
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780871137319
0871137313
Characteristics: 326 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 24 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Flannery is a committed environmentalist and author of the The Weather Makers. This is his first book, based on his experiences as a young field biologist/anthropologist in New Guinea. It is a fascinating tale of exploration, scientific discovery and daring adventure in what he calls “the last great biological unknown”—camping among cannibals, befriending legendary warriors, and hunting extinct marsupials. Flannery’s storytelling embodies an Australian sense of humor and a deep compassion for the indigenous people.

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