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Time spent in jungle inspires two novels from Hastings Pt author

Hastings Point author Jean Watson releases Jang, Chief of the Dani.
Hastings Point author Jean Watson releases Jang, Chief of the Dani.

A BRIEF visit to New Guinea 26 years ago gave Hastings Point author Jean Watson enough inspiration to write two works of fiction.

Her contact and experiences with the Dani villagers in the highlands provided a rich source of ideas for the books.

The second work of fiction - Jang, Chief of the Dani - was launched in September, "just in time for my 80th birthday in October", Jean said.

This book is a sequel to Jang of the Dani, which was published late last year.

As a geography and English teacher, Jean went to New Guinea with an Australian research team on a study tour in 1989 and spent some time with the elusive tribe, the Dani.

"They had not had contact with white people until 1938. They had been isolated for 25,000 years," she said. "These tribes are fairly peace-loving, gentle people.

The Dani lived in the remote Baliem Valley in what was then Irian Jaya (now West Papua).

The hero of Jean's books, Jang, was a young teenager who guided her through the valley and taught her a great deal.

Jang, Chief of the Dani continues the love story of Jang and Miri.

For a copy of the book, call Jean on 0411 540 112, contact Zeus Publications of Miami, Queensland, or find the book on Amazon. Retail price is $29.95.


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