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

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Annotations to the Journal of Matthew Stirling

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April 24, 1926 Soeroe

Today spelled "Serui" (on the island spelled "Japen" in 1926 and spelled "Yapen" today). In Stirling's audio commentary for Film Selection 4, he refers to an island that he pronounces as if it were spelled "Djobi" in 1926 (and thus would have today's spelling "Jobi"). The description written for that film footage refers to "Jobe (Japen) Island, the expedition's rendezvous point." That name (Jobe, Jobi, Djobi) does not, however, appear in his expedition journal.


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