Published: July 2007
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Frith, Clifford B. The Birds of Paradise. Oxford University Press, 1998.

Gillison, David. New Guinea Ceremonies. Harry N. Abrams, 2002.

Rainier, Chris. Where Masks Still Dance: New Guinea. Little, Brown and Company, 1996.

Swadling, Pamela. Plumes From Paradise. Robert Brown and Associates, 1996.