1. Who are the people that the author is going to work with?
The author is going to work and live with the Sawi tribe, a group of people who live in the jungles of what has been called Netherlands New Guinea or Irian Jaya. The Sawi live among four hundred tribes in the western half of this large island which is just north of Australia.
2. What do the Richardsons find surprising and difficult about the Sawi people?
Richardson finds that the Sawi people are very violent. They are often in battle with other tribes, taking the heads of their victims and eating their bodies. They value treacherous behavior such as befriending persons in order to trick them into vulnerable situations where they are killed and eaten. These kinds of acts are put into tribal legend and taught as heroic adventures among the tribe.
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