From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Carl Hoffman
Title: Savage harvest : a tale of cannibals, colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s tragic quest for primitive art
This engrossing book tells the story of Michael Rockefeller, son of our late former governor, Nelson, and how Michael journeyed to New Guinea and subsequently vanished. He’d gone there to collect primitive art for his father’s museum, principally accomplishing this by fleecing the natives out of their sacred objects via paying pennies on the dollar. These natives were of a particularly “uncivilized” region that still practiced head-hunting and cannibalism. The white men came and brought advancements such as axe heads, fishhooks, and tobacco, plus venereal disease, HIV/AIDS, and perhaps most telling, a sense of “shame” related to the natives’ past practice of eating human flesh, which was to the natives similar to what going to religious services is for our “civilized” culture. Savage Harvest is a graphic and well-written tale.
P.S. Given what you’ve read above, can you guess what fate befell Michael Rockefeller?