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"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" Accounts of the 1926 Smithsonian-Dutch Expedition to New Guinea

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Annotations to the Journal of Stanley Hedberg

Date of Note/View Entry Keyword(s) Note

June 8, 1926 mantrie
[sic, = mantri (Malay)]

The Malay word mantri can mean a “low-ranking government employee, usually a tecnician” (J. Echols and H. Shadily, Indonesian-English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Jakarta: Gramedia, 1990); but in both the Stirling and Hedberg journals, the word seems to indicate the personal assistant of a Dutch or American expedition member. Hedberg misspells this word throughout the text, e.g.: matrie, mantrie, mantrai.

 

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