Author: Mary R Mennis
Publisher: University of Papua New Guinea Press
KAIN, Friend of Maclay is an historical novel about village life before the arrival of Europeans in the Madang area of Papua New Guinea.
It is the story of Kain, a villager, and of his friendship with the Russian man, Nicholai Miklouho Maclay, who lived with the people on the Rai Coat in the 1870s.
Battles, payback and sorcery all add colour to the story. It was time when clay pots were the main item of trade and when one village builds up a monopoly of the pot trade, war is declared.
Into this arena steps Maclay from Russia. Kain becomes his friend, guide and protector and Maclay teaches him many things.