Restorative justice preferred among the Enga in Papua New Guinea

A group of Enga men offer pigs to contribute to the compensation for the victim for harm done. Credit: Polly Wiessner All human groups create systems for regulating cultural norms to maintain cooperation in society. Most large-scale populations employ a punitive judicial system where a third party doles out punishment. Yet, there’s little evidence that […]

On the hunt for wild bananas in Papua New Guinea

Bananas originally contained hard seeds. This trait can still be seen in wild species in Papua New Guinea. Credit: S.Carpentier The banana has its earliest origins in Papua New Guinea, where it was domesticated by indigenous communities at least 7,000 years ago. This ancestor, Musa acuminata, subspecies Banksii, looks very different from the ubiquitous Cavendish […]