The leader of the French Roman Catholic mission in Goilala Sub District of Papua New Guinea.
Professor Christopher Hallpike
Anthropologist & Writer
This is the website of the English and Canadian anthropologist C.R. Hallpike, whose work covers a period of fifty years, and is unusually wide-ranging and diverse. Apart from extensive field work in Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea, he has made distinctive contributions to some of the most fundamental problems in the subject: cultural relativism, social evolution, primitive thought, the nature of religion, warfare, moral development, and even the origins of modern science.
Professor Hallpike is the recognised authority on the Konso people of southern Ethiopia and the Tauade people of the Goilala sub-district of Papua New Guinea, having lived amongst and studied the two primitive cultures during the 1960s and 1970s. He has written many papers and books about these primitive societies, many of which you can buy or read on this website. The full list of all of Professor Hallpike's publications from 1966 to the present day can be found here.