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Papua New Guinea: Anthropology On Trial
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Remote tribes and exotic islanders have been made known to the world through the lens of anthropology. But in recent years, some of these people have begun to object. NOVA travels to Papua New Guinea and looks at anthropology from the other side. Margaret Mead's research is challenged by former subjects and fellow anthropologists.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Papua New Guinea: Anthropology On Trial,” 10/03/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B57D900A73A45AF802D35A90E15B736.
MLA: “NOVA; Papua New Guinea: Anthropology On Trial.” 10/03/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B57D900A73A45AF802D35A90E15B736>.
APA: NOVA; Papua New Guinea: Anthropology On Trial. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B57D900A73A45AF802D35A90E15B736
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