'Bloodthirsty' New Guinea Tribesman Sues New Yorker

Tribe complains they were wrongly portrayed as murderous rapists and pig thieves
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 4:57 AM CDT
'Bloodthirsty' New Guinea Tribesman Sues New Yorker
A Papua New Guinea tribesman wears a mask during an initiation ritual.   (©tarotastic)

A Papua New Guinea tribesman portrayed as a bloodthirsty, revenge-driven killer in a New Yorker article is seeking payback from the magazine, Forbes reports. A $10 million lawsuit charges that the story wrongly accuses Daniel Wemp and another tribesman of rape and murder when they had only been recounting traditional tall tales. A New Yorker spokeswoman said the magazine stands by the story.

"When foreigners come to our culture, we tell stories as entertainment," said a tribesman advising Wemp on legal issues. "Daniel's stories were not serious narrative, and Daniel had no idea he was being interviewed for publication. He has never killed anyone or raped a woman. He certainly has never stolen a pig." (More Papua New Guinea stories.)

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