Notes on a Tobian Dance

Prepared for George Mason University Synergos Seminar:

"Culture as Semiotic"

Draft: Please do not quote without author's permission

P.W. Black
Anthropology Program
Spring, 1980

NOTE September 2002: I have lightly edited the original text. Descriptions of Tobi (aka Hatohobei) and its people refer to conditions as they were in 1967-1968 and 1972-1973 when I lived on the island. Unfortunately, the film referred to in this paper is missing.

Tobi Island

Male/Female Opposition on Tobi

A Christmas Dance