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Author Hoffman, Carl, 1960- author.

Title Savage harvest : a tale of cannibals, colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's tragic quest for primitive art / Carl Hoffman. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Publication Info. New York, NY : William Morrow, 2014.
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Summary The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world, and even Michael's powerful, influential family, guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. On November 21, 1961, Michael C. Rockefeller, the twenty-three-year-old son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, vanished off the coast of southwest New Guinea when his catamaran capsized while crossing a turbulent river mouth. He was on an expedition to collect art for the Museum of Primitive Art, which his father had founded in 1957, and his expedition partner--who stayed with the boat and was later rescued--shared Michael's final words as he swam for help: "I think I can make it." Despite exhaustive searches by air, ground, and sea, no trace of Michael was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he'd made it to shore, where he was then killed and eaten by the local Asmat--a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, headhunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family vehemently denied the story, and Michael's death was officially ruled a drowning. While the cause of death was accepted publicly, doubts lingered and sensational stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. The real story has long waited to be told--until now. Retracing Michael's steps, award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea, immersing himself in a world of former headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, and getting to know generations of Asmat. Through exhaustive archival research, he uncovered hundreds of pages of never-before-seen original documents and located witnesses willing to speak publicly for the first time in fifty years.
Retracing the steps of Michael C. Rockefeller, who went missing in 1961 during an expedition to New Guinea, an avid traveler immerses himself in the world of former headhunters and cannibals to uncover the truth behind Rockefeller's disappearance.
Subject Rockefeller, Michael Clark -- Death and burial.
Hoffman, Carl, 1960- -- Travel -- New Guinea.
Hoffman, Carl, 1960- (OCoLC)fst01914198
Rockefeller, Michael Clark. (OCoLC)fst00433306
Asmat (Indonesian people)
Ethnology -- New Guinea.
Asmat (Indonesian people) (OCoLC)fst00818739
Ethnology. (OCoLC)fst00916106
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
New Guinea. (OCoLC)fst01241921
Genre Electronic books.
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Hoffman, Carl, 1960- Savage harvest New York, NY : William Morrow, 2014 9780062116154 (NjBwBT)bl2014004854 (OCoLC)850180493
ISBN 9780062116185 : $15.99
0062116185 : $15.99
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