Tuesday, March 8, 2011

#collecting pacific island #primtives

Getting to bottom of collecting a spirited journey - Local News - News - General - Newcastle Herald:
"After more than 50 years travelling the Pacific Islands, tribal art collector Senta Taft-Hendry remembers one visit in particular where the natives thought she had spirits coming out of her rear. Mrs Taft-Hendry was in Papua New Guinea when she had a floor cushion that was noisy when she sat down.

The intrigued villagers then used a large slit drum, known as a garamut, to call villagers to listen to her ‘‘spirits’’. Despite the cross-cultural confusion, she managed to bring the drum home with her.

It is among 200 artefacts Mrs Taft-Hendry has given to the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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