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Swimming Goggles – Solomon Islands

Fancy going spearfishing in the Solomon Islands? YES PLEASE! Let’s just admit it right away – one of the absolute coolest things about being an anthropologist, is that you get to go to beautiful places, where you’ll hang out and meet some nice people, and […]

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Tetepeku – Papua New Guinea

Tetepeku – one of the rare female ancestor figures from Papua New Guinea, of great importance to the Abelam people of Wosera. As a central part of male initiation rites, the novice is to crawl between the legs of Tetepeku, placed inside the ceremonial house, haus tambaran. […]

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Bisj Poles – Papua New Guinea

You might be familiar with the colourful totem poles of Native Americans, with carved out masks and animals – but have you ever seen a Papua New Guinean bisj pole like the ones here? Collected by Aksel Bojsen-Møller in 1955, these poles tell the story of an old […]

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Ancestor Skull – Papua New Guinea

Quite frankly, we were a little spooked by this item! Even more so when we discovered that beneath the layers of clay and paint, is the real human skull of a specifically important ancestor of the Sepik province in Papua New Guinea. According to Jens […]

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Savi Mask – Papua New Guinea

We know, right? The second you realized what is actually emerging from the mouth of this mask, you probably had a small twitch? We certainly did! And so, according to the Iatmul people of Papua New Guinea, do the evil powers of ancestral and natural […]

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