The disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in November 1961 was an international incident: Rockeller, the 23-year-old scion of one of the world’s richest families, had gone to New Guinea to collect native art for his father’s newly founded Museum of Primitive Art in New York. And then, he vanished.
His fate was an unsolved mystery — until now. Carl Hoffman has spent years tracking the story, searching documents and living amongst the Asmat, a Stone Age people known for their cannibalism as well as their beautiful carving skills. His new book is Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art.
Check out Hoffman’s interview with NPR’s Jacki Lyden.
Officially added to my to be read list. I love me some armchair tourism. (Especially when the term is very loosely applied to places I would NEVER ACTUALLY WANT TO VISIT.)