3 Methods and knowledge
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The distortion introduced relates further to the methodology used to compile the ethnozoological catalogues presented here, and how I learnt about Wola animal identiﬁcation and classiﬁcation. I have amassed these zoological data over the last three decades in the course of environmental and anthropological ﬁeldwork. The compilation of such ethnoscientiﬁc catalogues is a long-drawn-out process, even the assembling of comprehensive lists of names is not something that can be done to order, let alone the identiﬁcation of creatures on them. It is a never-ending task. The nature of the classiﬁcation system, I argue, means that there is no such thing as a complete list. Moreover the data are a composite record, not one person’s
Plate 1.3 A man admires a Princess Stephanie’s bird of paradise (Astrapia stephaniae).