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Anthropological Toes: Margaret Mead's Jungle Feet

Lisa Wynn*

Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Australia

*Corresponding author: Lisa Wynn, Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Australia. Email:

Received Date: 14 June, 2018; Accepted Date: 16 June, 2018; Published Date: 23 June, 2018

Citation: Wynn L (2018) Anthropological Toes: Margaret Mead's Jungle Feet. Anthropol Open Acc: AOAP-120. DOI: 10.29011/AOAP-120.100020


This is a drawing of Margaret Mead's foot, drawn from imagination, as there are no surviving photographs of her feet with sufficient detail.  Here, the author has imagined them as a little crusty and splayed from living for 2 years in the jungles of the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea with Reo Fortune [1-6].

  1. Mead M (2016) My feet turned kind of disgusting when I lived in the jungle with Reo, but it's all worth it for the advancement of anthropological knowledge. The Journal of Anthropology and Feet 107: 245-256.
  2. Mead Margaret (1993) Coming of Feet in Papua New Guinea. Sydney: Footlight Press.
  3. Fortune R (2017) Maggie's feet smelled so bad when we lived in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, until finally I just told her to stop wearing shoes and pickling her toes in the heat all day long. The Journal of Great Anthropological Toes 12: 17-56.
  4. Bateson G (1984) Feet and sexual jealousy: A survey of the problems between Margaret Mead and Reo Fortune. The Ethnographic Journal of Toes 12: 4-90.
  5. Benedict R (2018) Fortune and Bateson mansplaining feet: A critical feminist reading in the history of anthropology. Footsigns: Journal of Women's Feet in Culture and Society 1: 19-34.
  6. Wynn L (2019) Lame in-jokes about the history of anthropology that only a few people will get. Footnotes in the History of Anthropological Theory 2: 1-2.

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