Savage Harvest - A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art-logo

Savage Harvest - A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art

Carl Hoffman

The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world, and even Michael's powerful, influential family, guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. On November 21, 1961, Michael C. Rockefeller, the twenty-three-year-old son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, vanished off the coast of southwest New Guinea when his catamaran capsized while crossing a turbulent river mouth. He was on an expedition to collect art for the Museum of Primitive Art, which his father had founded in 1957, and his expedition partner-who stayed with the boat and was later rescued-shared Michael's final words as he swam for help: "I think I can make it." Despite exhaustive searches by air, ground, and sea, no trace of Michael was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he'd made it to shore, where he was then killed and eaten by the local Asmat-a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, headhunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family vehemently denied the story, and Michael's death was officially ruled a drowning. While the cause of death was accepted publicly, doubts lingered and sensational stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. The real story has long waited to be told-until now. Retracing Michael's steps, award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea, immersing himself in a world of former headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, and getting to know generations of Asmat. Through exhaustive archival research, he uncovered hundreds of pages of never-before-seen original documents and located witnesses willing to speak publicly for the first time in fifty years. In Savage Harvest Hoffman finally solves this decades-old mystery and illuminates a culture transformed by years of colonial rule, whose people continue to be shaped by ancie

The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world, and even Michael's powerful, influential family, guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. On November 21, 1961, Michael C. Rockefeller, the twenty-three-year-old son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, vanished off the coast of southwest New Guinea when his catamaran capsized while crossing a turbulent river mouth. He was on an expedition to collect art for the Museum of Primitive Art, which his father had founded in 1957, and his expedition partner-who stayed with the boat and was later rescued-shared Michael's final words as he swam for help: "I think I can make it." Despite exhaustive searches by air, ground, and sea, no trace of Michael was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he'd made it to shore, where he was then killed and eaten by the local Asmat-a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, headhunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family vehemently denied the story, and Michael's death was officially ruled a drowning. While the cause of death was accepted publicly, doubts lingered and sensational stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. The real story has long waited to be told-until now. Retracing Michael's steps, award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea, immersing himself in a world of former headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, and getting to know generations of Asmat. Through exhaustive archival research, he uncovered hundreds of pages of never-before-seen original documents and located witnesses willing to speak publicly for the first time in fifty years. In Savage Harvest Hoffman finally solves this decades-old mystery and illuminates a culture transformed by years of colonial rule, whose people continue to be shaped by ancie
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The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world, and even Michael's powerful, influential family, guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. On November 21, 1961, Michael C. Rockefeller, the twenty-three-year-old son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, vanished off the coast of southwest New Guinea when his catamaran capsized while crossing a turbulent river mouth. He was on an expedition to collect art for the Museum of Primitive Art, which his father had founded in 1957, and his expedition partner-who stayed with the boat and was later rescued-shared Michael's final words as he swam for help: "I think I can make it." Despite exhaustive searches by air, ground, and sea, no trace of Michael was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he'd made it to shore, where he was then killed and eaten by the local Asmat-a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, headhunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family vehemently denied the story, and Michael's death was officially ruled a drowning. While the cause of death was accepted publicly, doubts lingered and sensational stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. The real story has long waited to be told-until now. Retracing Michael's steps, award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea, immersing himself in a world of former headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, and getting to know generations of Asmat. Through exhaustive archival research, he uncovered hundreds of pages of never-before-seen original documents and located witnesses willing to speak publicly for the first time in fifty years. In Savage Harvest Hoffman finally solves this decades-old mystery and illuminates a culture transformed by years of colonial rule, whose people continue to be shaped by ancie

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joe Barrett

Length:

9h 19m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:50


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

08:08


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

10:41


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

20:22


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

18:46


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

23:03


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

27:56


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

36:44


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

07:16


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

22:40


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

10:11


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

55:20


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

32:31


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

27:25


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

15:50


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

11:13


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

03:31


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

09:35


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

16:41


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

07:50


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

13:10


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

26:48


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

23:50


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

39:14


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

39:13


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

49:28


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

01:09