By Canoe to Cannibal-Land by John Henry Holmes

John Henry Holmes [1866-1934], By Canoe to Cannibal-Land

This is a fictionalised account of missionary life in Papua New Guinea. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this title for digitisation.

John Henry Holmes [1866-1934], By Canoe to Cannibal-Land. London: London Missionary Society, 1923. Hbk. pp.144. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Foreword
  1. Where Lari Found God
  2. Westward Bound
  3. Who is Avi?
  4. In the Ravi River
  5. Golgotha—A Place of Skulls
  6. A Night of Surprise
  7. A Morning Dip
  8. Sunday at Ravi
  9. A Day of Surprises
  10. Cross Currents
  11. Homeward Bound


By Canoe to Cannibal-land” is a Papuan story of a missionary journey in the Gulf of Papua, New Guinea, told by Papuan boys in a Papuan way. The story is written in this way so that readers may discover what the thoughts of the Papuans are and what they talk about to one another. The names of the boys, men, rivers and villages have all been changed into easier forms to enable British readers to read and utter them. The ” Old Man” of the story was, as will be guessed, a missionary, and was so named, as a Papuan form of respect, when he was not called Homu.

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