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The fascinating story of explorer who became
the first white man to meet spear-wielding New
Guinea tribe, as his great-great-grandson
returns 150 years later to meet locals*

Daily Mail [UK], by Sarah Dean

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 3/8/2018 3:13:57 AM

When a bold Russian explorer arrived with two servants on the rugged coast of New Guinea in 1871, the tribe he encountered had never met a white man before. The feared people inhabiting the world´s second-largest island, in the southwestern Pacific, had a fierce reputation as headhunters and cannibals and Nickolay Miklouho-Maclay’s life was very much in danger as he stepped ashore. But - as he explained in his diary - his ´defenselessness´ was his safety. Miklouho-Maclay showed no aggression towards the Papuans and in return, they decided to let him live. The handsome 25-year-old had endured a gruelling 10-month

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*named after his ancestor

Not our usual fare but the fascination of it shouldn´t be missed. The wonderful old drawings and photographs are treasures--and so are the well-done photos of today. It´s society and politics after all.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 3/8/2018 6:58:39 AM     (No. 11565486)

Good photos!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 3/8/2018 9:46:35 AM     (No. 11565683)

Great story and pictures.

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