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Pygmonia : In Search of the Secret Land of the Pygmies - Peter McAllister

Pygmonia : In Search of the Secret Land of the Pygmies

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Published: 30th August 2010
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One man's quest to uncover the hidden land of the pygmies.

Archaeologist Peter McAllister had never given much thought to Pygmies. When he chanced upon an early 20th-century photograph of Pygmy-sized people in far north Queensland, he thought his eyes were deceiving him. A visit to the area, however, quickly revealed that several tribes of Pygmy Aboriginal peoples really did live in Australia’s rainforest north – and still do.

McAllister’s attempts to unravel the origins of Australia’s Pygmy peoples led him down a winding path. Obscured from the view of mainstream history, Pygmy peoples still live in isolated pockets around the world, from South America to South-East Asia. But are these distinct populations related? Could the ancient Pygmy myths of the Greeks and Romans really be true? Is the short stature of modern Pygmy peoples due to genetic codes or environmental conditions? And are today’s Pygmy peoples really remnants of the ancient Pygmonia, or ‘land of the Pygmies’, that anthropologists once believed had spanned the entire globe? Quirky and insightful, Pygmonia takes you on a remarkable journey to answer these questions and more.

Prologue: The Road to Yarrabahp. 1
Europe: The Birth of Pygmonia
Aristotle's Little Horsesp. 17
A Revelation in Strange Humanityp. 36
Why Did God Make Us Small?p. 56
Africa: The Lands of Pygmonia
The Children of the Forestp. 75
Written in the Genesp. 92
Asia: Pygmonia in the Balance
Out of Africap. 113
How Does Our Garden Grow?p. 144
America: Vale Pygmonia
The Worst Indians There Arep. 163
The Most Famous Pygmy in the Worldp. 186
Australia: Shadows of Pygmonia
Return to Yarrabahp. 207
Notesp. 231
Further Readingp. 237
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780702236914
ISBN-10: 0702236918
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 30th August 2010
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1