As of September, 2010, Maurice Godelier is still in touch with the Baruya and corresponds regularly with Koumaineu and his wife, Ouramaniac. Pierre Lemonnier, who, as a student in the 1970's began his fieldwork among the Baruya, has continued to work among a neighboring Anga-speaking group, the Ankave people of the Suowi. On his way to the Ankave from France in 2008 he flew to Goroka.
Flying over the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea
In Goroka he visited the National Film Institute where Koumaineu had worked for many years.
Staff of the National Film Institute, Goroka, PNG
The Wiobo airstrip
Lemonnier was welcomed by many old friends, their children and their grandchildren. Cargo was unloaded and trade goods taken to the trade store - now locally owned and located in Wiobo itself.
A poster in the trade store
Everyone gathered for a village discussion.
Koumaineu, now balding, was there, and, on the right, Gwadamaiwe's son, Edwin, wearing a green and yellow jersey.
Women were there, and an elderly man who had retired to Wiobo after working for years in Goroka.
The salt field had been turned into a gardening area, but the old salt bars were carefully stored above the hearth of men's houses where they are preserved by the smoke.
Gwadamaiwe, who had been on the team that mapped Tultul's garden in 1969, was still well.
Parawekak, Pandjaouye's wife, who had playfully pushed away an extra load of salt bars when Pandjaouye teasingly tried to put them on top of her already full load, was still busy with her garden work.
Pandjaouye's son had a lively batch of children.
Koumaineu and Meyana's family all got together for a picture during Lemonnier's vist in 2008.
Photographs © 2008 Pierre Lemonnier