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Mary MacDonald Originally from Australia, Mary MacDonald worked for eight years as a teacher and researcher in Papua New Guinea. Since completing studies in history of religions at The University of Chicago in 1988 she has taught at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Her current research focuses on Melanesian styles of Christianity.


Abstract of paper given at Indigenous Traditions and Ecology conference:
Towards an Ethic of Interdependence: Give and Take in Melanesia

Mary MacDonald and Simeon Namunu

The paper explores traditional and changing understandings of place, relationships, and work in Melanesia. It is proposed that the ethic of give and take which informs traditional social and environmental relationships offers a framework for discussion of contemporary dangers to the Melanesian environment.


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