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Go to 'Photographs', then 'find us on Flickr' for 300 images of people, places and things in the study area. Go to 'Dataset' to view c.2500 objects recorded from collections around the world (remaining 7500 will be uploaded progressively). Go to 'Papers' for Thurnwald and Rodoni in the Upper Sepik 1914 and Slit Gongs of the Sepik and Madang Provinces.

Visit to access Andrew Fyfe's doctoral dissertationGender, mobility and population history: exploring material culture distributions in the Upper Sepik, and Central New Guinea, University of Adelaide 2008.

Publications: Barry Craig published 'Sorcery Divination among the Abau of the Idam Valley, Upper Sepik, Papua New Guinea', Journal of Ritual Studies 22,2: 37-51 (2008). Andrew Fyfe has published three papers on results of statistical analysis of data from the USCNG Project: 'Exploring Spatial Relationships between Material Culture and Language in the Upper Sepik and Central New Guinea', Oceania 79: 121-161 (2009); and, with Jill Bolton, 'An Analysis of Arrow and String Bag Craft Variability in the Upper Sepik and Central New Guinea', Oceania 81: 259-279 (2011) and 'Relationships between String Bag Craft Distributions, Language and Geographical Distance in the Upper Sepik and Border Mountains of Papua New Guinea', Australian Geographer 46:2: 235-253 (2015).

During July to December 2012, while based at the South Australian Museum, Fulbright scholar Dr Christopher Roberts prepared a publication on Music of the Star Mountains. This had been published in Taiwan in 1996 in Mandarin Chinese. The English language version has been edited and published in the Apwitihire Studies in Papua New Guinea Musics by Dr Don Niles, Senior Ethnomusicologist at the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies (2014). Publication was funded by Ok Tedi Mining Ltd. This book fulfills Christopher's commitment to Gesok of Bultem to preserve a record of songs for future generations of Wopkaimin. Original fieldwork was funded by Bechtel in 1982.

Christopher also transcribed 35 of over seventy songs recorded by Barry Craig among the Abau and Amto of the Upper Sepik in 1973. These songs were digitised by Dr Sebastian Tomczak of the Elder School of Music, University of Adelaide. Copies of the songs on discs have been sent to two tertiary-educated Abau men, Isaac Suafia and Erick Kowa, to pass on to relatives in the villages to obtain further information about the words of the songs. We are seeking funding to expand this initiative into a project that will result in publication of all the songs recorded in 1973 as cultural heritage of these peoples.