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Overview

Keesing supplies a sketch of Kwaio culture, set in the time of ‘Elota’s life span, and has placed ‘Elota’s life in this cultural and temporal framework. The text is equally divided between Keesing’s presentation of Kwaio culture and ‘Elota’s own statement, with only minor editing of the latter.

Roger M. Keesing, late of The Australian National University

Foreword.
Introduction.
1. �Elota: A Personal Portrait.
2. The Kwaio: A Cultural Sketch.
3. Feuding, Feasting, and Politics.
4. �Elota�s Life and Times.
5. Boyhood.
6. Feuds and the Lamo.
7. Girls.
8. First Steps on the Path.
9. Learning Lore.
10. Plantation and Homecoming.
11. The Path to Manhood.
12. The Ruin of Kwaina�afi�a.
13. Marriage.
14. A Bag of Bones.
15. Maasina Rule.
16. The Rule of Brotherhood.
17. Killings in our Midst.
18. Financing the Bride-Price.
19. Custom.
20. Remarriage.
Epilogue.
Epilogue 1982.
Appendix I: Kwaio Pronunciation.
Appendix II: Kwaio Bata.
Select Bibliography.