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From Land to MouthThe Agricultural "Economy" of the Wola of the New Guinea Highlands$
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Paul Sillitoe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300142266

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300142266.001.0001

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Cultivating Gardens

Cultivating Gardens

Women's Labor

(p.295) Chapter 9 Cultivating Gardens
From Land to Mouth

Paul Sillitoe

Yale University Press

This chapter moves from the men's role in creating a garden to the women's role in cultivating it. It begins with a discussion of garden tilling, where women pull the weeds and herbs from the gardens that were recently harvested. The next step is the burning of vegetation that was removed from the garden sites; this is considered as a significant aspect of the New Guinea farming regime. The difference in the crops planted by men and women are distinguished, as well as the work involved in maintaining and harvesting the gardens. The chapter ends with a look at the time that farmers can spend gardening and the changes that were introduced into the farming system of Wola, such as the use of steel tools rather than stone tools.

Keywords:   cultivation, garden tilling, burning, farming regime, crops, maintenance, harvesting, changes, steel tools

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