The Mountain Arapesh live in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, between 3°27' and 3°34'S and 143°09' and 143°19'E. At contact, they inhabited the central peaklands of the coastal Prince Alexander and Torricelli mountains. The following description refers to their life in 1931-32, and derives from the writings of Margaret Mead, who spent 8 months in Alitoa locality, and Reo Fortune, who spent 11 months in Alitoa and Liwo localities. Arapesh life was severely disrupted by World War II and postwar colonial developments, and by 1960 most of the mountain dwellers had deserted the peaklands. Unfortunately, almost nothing is known of how these changes affected their gender conceptions and behavior.

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