By the early 1950s, through administration and mission pressures, open cannibalism had almost entirely ceased.Europeans to sight Papua New Guinea first were probably Portuguese and Spanish navigators sailing in the South Pacific in the early 16th century.Human remains have been found in Papua New Guinea that date back to about 50,000 years ago.These ancient inhabitants of Papua New Guinea probably had their origins in Southeast Asia, themselves originating in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.In the video, a woman with what appear to be wounds covering her body pleads with her attackers to stop: 'My son, stop it! "There's no real way they can prove themselves innocent," said one source.
Agriculture was independently developed in the New Guinea highlands around 7,000 BC, making it one of the few areas of original plant domestication in the world.
In May, a Papua New Guinea woman was hacked to death after being accused of performing black magic, and in 2013 a 20-year-old woman was burned alive on similar charges.
Scenes from Blackwater Refugee Camp-- I visited the former headquarters of the OPM guerrilla resistance movement, a group which was fighting the genocidal seizure of western New Guinea (West Papua) by the Indonesian military.
Salak stayed in villages where cannibalism was still practiced behind the backs of the missionaries, meeting mysterious witch doctors and befriending the leader of the OPM guerrilla movement who fought against the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea.
The New York Times Book Review selected Four Corners as a Notable Travel Book of the Year, writing, "Kira Salak is tough, a real-life Lara Croft." Book Magazine called her "the gutsiest--and some say craziest--woman adventurer of our day." Edward Marriott proclaimed Four Corners to be "a travel book that transcends the genre.