About Virginia Guilford


I grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and moved to New York when I was in my 20's. I live with Thomas Moylan. We lived for many years in midtown Manhattan, but we have now moved to Gig Harbor, WA, where we live in the mid-century modern house that my parents built in 1960.

Before I entered the business world, I studied Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, specializing in Anthropological Linguistics. As part of my studies, I spent two years in Oksapmin, in the West Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea in 1978 & 1979. My research interests included the use of Neo Melanesian Pidgin in this remote area, and the use of terms of address and reference, and the way in which these terms (kin terms, pet names, nicknames, etc.) reflected the social structure of the Oksapmin people. I also became interested in the local economy and in social practices. I have written papers on Oksapmin Trade Stores (attached below) and Oksapmin Marriage and both papers are stored on microfiche in the Melanesian Archives at the University of California at San Diego.

Tom was also an Anthropological Linguist and he worked in Papua New Guinea at the same time I did. Tom has now retired from his technology work at Bank of America. My daughter, Christa Faust, is a writer and author of the award-winning novelization of the movie "Snakes on a Plane, and the acclaimed Hard Case Crime novels, Money Shot and Choke Hold, and the Titan comic series, Peepland.


Oksapmin Trade Stores

Select the link on the left to read my article about the early stages of trade store operation in the Oksapmin district in the West Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.