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Living in the Stone AgeReflections on the Origins of a Colonial Fantasy$
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Danilyn Rutherford

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226570105

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226570389.001.0001

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Hospitality in the Highlands

Hospitality in the Highlands

(p.27) 1 Hospitality in the Highlands
Living in the Stone Age

Danilyn Rutherford

University of Chicago Press

In the Wissel Lakes, Dutch officials described colonialism as a form of hospitality in which the natives welcomed the Dutch into their homelands and the Dutch welcomed them into the civilized world. Rather than simply dismissing this conceit, chapter 1 delves into the concept of hospitality, which captures the instability of colonial hierarchies. The chapter begins with a discussion of Jacques Derrida’s analysis of the D. H. Lawrence poem “Snake,” which shows how sovereignty and vulnerability are intrinsically connected, especially in surprising scenes of visitation, like the well where the poem’s narrator happens upon a serpent. The chapter then turns to reports by Jan Victor de Bruijn and others about their expeditions in the highlands, which point to the same kind of struggle. The chapter reviews de Bruijn’s first trip, sets it in the context of a longer history of colonial hospitality in the Indies, and then analyzes materials showing how hospitality might have looked from a Papuan perspective. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of the role of hospitality in anthropology.

Keywords:   Wissel Lakes, hospitality, colonial hierarchies, sovereignty, vulnerability, colonial expeditions, Jan Victor de Bruijn, Jacques Derrida, D.H. Lawrence’s “Snake”

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