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The following books and videos on the Asmat are available in Wichita State University's Ablah Library for on-siteviewing, checkout, and interlibrary loan. Most of these materials have been purchased with funds from a 2003 Interlibrary Loan Development Grant awarded by the Kansas Library Network Board.


70 Years of Asmat Woodcarving. (1977). Breda: Rijksmuseum voor Voldenkunde, Afd. Breda; Rotterdam, Netherlands: Distributed by Asmat Art Depot. NK 9780 .A3 I7416 1977

An Asmat Sketch Book. (1970-1981). Volumes 1 - 8. [n.p.]: Asmat Museum of Culture and Progress; available from Crosier Missions, Hastings, Neb. 
DU 744.35 .A82 A887 v.1/2, v.3/4, v.5 (pts. A & B), v.6, v.7, v.8 

The Art of Woodcarving in Irian Jaya (1977) Jayapura: Pererintah Daerah Tingkat I Irian Jaya, dengan bantuan dari United Nations Development Programme, Jakarta. NK 9780 .A3 I748 1977 

Blair, L. with L. Blair (1991) Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey. Rochester, Vermont: Park Street Press. GN 635 .I65 B65 1991

Bogner, P. (1995) The Pile Buildings of the Asmat. Munchen: Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der Naturevolker. DU 744.35.A82 B65 1995

Fleischhacker, M.B. (1991) Making the Invisible Visible: Asmat Art and Spirituality. Minneapolis: Crosier Fathers and Brothers Province, Inc. DU 744.35 .A82 F56 1991

Gerbrands, A.A. (1967) Wow-Ipits: Eight Asmat Woodcarvers of New Guinea. The Hague: Mouton & Co. NK 979 .N4 G43

Konrad, G. and U., eds. (1996) Asmat: Myth and Ritual, the Inspiration of Art. Venice: Erizzo Editrice. FOLIO DU 744.35 .A82 A865 1996

Konrad, U. et al., eds. (2002) Asmat: Perception of Life in Art: The Collection of the Asmat Museum of Culture and Progress. Monchengladbach, Germany: B. Kuhlen Verlag, DU 744.35 .A82 A884 2002

Machlin, M. (1972) The Search for Michael Rockefeller. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. GN 21 .R58 M3 1972

People of the River, People of the Tree: Change and Continuity in Sepik and Asmat Art (1989).    N 7411 .S4 P46 1989

Rockerfeller, M.C. (1968) Asmat of New Guinea: The Journal of Michael Clark Rockefeller.  DU744 .R52

Smidt, D., ed. (1999) Asmat Art: Woodcarvings of Southwest New Guinea. Leiden: Periplus. FOLIO NK 9780 .A3 I743 1999

Schneebaum, T. (1985) Asmat Images: from the Collection of the Asmat Museum of Culture and Progress. Pendragon Press, NY: Crosier Missions. DU 744.35 .A82 S36 1985

Schneebaum, T. (1990) Embodied Spirits: Ritual Carvings of the Asmat. Salem, MA: Peabody Museum of Salem.  DU 744.35 .A82 S363 1990

Schneebaum, T. (1988) Where the Spirits Dwell: An Odyssey in the New Guinea Jungle. DU 744.35 .A82 S37 1988


Arrows Against the Wind (1992). Oley, PA: Bullfrog Films, Inc. (52 min.) RESERVE DU 744.5 .A82 A77 1992

Asmat, Time's Forgotten People. (2000) Filmmakers Library. (52 min.) RESERVE DU 744.35.A82 A86 2000

Dance of the Warriors (1989) Montauk, NY: Mystic Fire Video. (v.2, Ring of Fire series) RESERVE DU 744.34 .A82 D3 1989

Part 2 of a four-part series of programs documenting the ten-year voyage of Lorne and Lawrence Blair through the islands of Indonesia. In this segment, the Blairs' visit the island of Sumba where the local people weave magical textiles; Asmat headhunters in New Guinea; giant lizards in Komodo; and the farmers, mystics and artists of Bali.
Good adventure film.

In Search of Michael Rockefeller (1978) Santa Monica, CA: Pyramid Film & Video. (24 min.) RESERVE DU 744.35 .A82 I5 1978

Last of the Stone Agers [Part One] (1997) RESERVE DU 740.42 .L37 1997

Famed French explore, Herve de Maigret, co-producer of the Academy Award winning documentary, the Sky Above, The Mud Below" returns to New Guinea thirty years after he made contact with tribes along the Asmat coast. He hopes to gain a final glimpse of the meaning behind their practices before the Asmat disappear. 

Rituals of the Asmat Tribe. (1990) Films for the Humanities & Sciences. (30 min., color) RESERVE DU 744.35 .A82 R5 1990

Visit to the Asmat in West Irian, Indonesia, a surviving Stone Age culture known for headhunting. Explanation of tribal rituals and modern influences.

The Sky Above, The Mud Below (1987) Oakville, ONT: Lorimar Home Video Canada. (92 min.) RESERVE DU 740.42 .S69 1987

Academy award winning documentary (1961) co-produced by French explorer, Herve de Maigret.

A World Away (1993). Minneapolis, MN: WCCO-TV. (30 min.) RESERVE DU 744.35 .A82 W6 1993

Supported by CBS TV, Needles and Feblowitz visit the Asmat to study and photograph the environment and feasts. Good introduction to the Asmat people and their culture today.

Design and Layout by Judith A. Wolfe and Cathy Moore-Jansen, Collection Development, Ablah Library
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Images courtesy of Jerry Martin, Director of Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, Wichita State University