The lihir destiny cultural responses to mining in melanesia 4 lihir custom as an ethnographic subject the cultures of new ireland have long held a certain level of anthropological attention which is largely due to the western fascination with the elaborate mortuary rituals and the production form use and iconography of malanggan mortuary . The people of the lihir islands in papua new guinea have long held visions of a prosperous new future often referred to by local leaders as the lihir destiny when large scale gold mining. The lihir destiny provides a nuanced account of the social structural and cultural transformations engendered by large scale resource extraction tracing the history of lihirian engagement with outside forces from the colonial period through to recent mining activities this book brings new light to bear on the bigger question of what development means in contemporary melanesia the lihir destiny explores how lihirian leaders devised future plans for a cultural revolution based upon the . Download citation the lihir destiny cultural responses to mining in melanesia review for roughly two decades the gold mine on the island of lihir in papua new guinea has been one of the . The lihir destiny x with a variety of people and reflection upon change over time enriches interpretative endeavours the authors participation in the training for personal viability in feast preparations and in the everyday lives of the villagers with whom he lived generates insights and descriptions that are unavailable to a casual observer the book is a revised version
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