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SPECIAL SECTION: IN MEMORIUM, GOTTFRIED O. "FRIEDL" LANG

Inspired by Friedl: Lessons Taught, Lessons Learned

Kenneth Keller

Gottfried O. (“Friedl”) Lang was an inspiring teacher and educator. His expertise in applied anthropology was reflected in his abilities to communicate with his students. As my field research unfolded, involving the Asmat people of Indonesian New Guinea, several key lessons emerged. One covered the avoidance of paternalism, a second the pervasive role of reciprocity, and a third creative decision-making. Under Friedl’s guidance, these lessons’ immediate meanings and broader implications became clear.

The Applied Anthropologist, No. 2, Vol. 31, 2011, pp 25 - 28

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