Montague, Susan P., 1942-
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Anthropology
Miklukho-Maklaĭ; Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich; 1846-1888; Ethnology--Papua New Guinea; Anthropologists--Russia--Biography
Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay traveled to Papuan New Guinea in 1871 to study the lifeways of previously uncontacted people. Without the support of a guiding professor or training in ethnographic methods, he successfully learned the local language, became an observer, and participated in the indigenous culture. He developed his own fieldwork techniques in his contacts with the people and became their friend and protector. Miklouho-Maclay is recognized as Russia's greatest ethnographer because of his pioneering work. For various reasons, such as his early focus on biology and his early death, insufficient knowledge of him exists in the West and he became forgotten in the history of anthropology.
Shelton, Kay, "Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay, the forgotten anthropologist" (1994). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4118.
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