Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman

Savage HarvestIn 1961, Michael Rockefeller disappeared while on an art buying trip in New Guinea. His body was never found, and there has been a great deal of speculation about the circumstances of his death. It was thought that Michael may have been killed by the Asmat, a group of native warriors from whom he had purchased art. The culture of these tribesmen was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, head hunting, and ritual cannibalism. The book delves into the history of New Guinea and the change from colonialism to independence and the effects this had on native cultures. As a part of his research the author submerses himself in the culture of the Asmat, living with them and talking with them about Mr. Rockefeller in an attempt to find out what really happened.

Reviewed by Diane

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