Image: Kau longhouse, Kaimare village, Gulf Province, PNG

Kau longhouse, Kaimare village, Gulf Province, PNG

A gathering inside Kau longhouse, Kaimare village, Gulf Province, PNG. October 1921. V4842

Photographer:
Frank Hurley
Rights:
© Courtesy of the Australian Museum

Notes

McCulloch wanted to buy bullroarers in Kau longhouse. After much discussion the men agreed to sell one from each bundle under the spirit figures. McCulloch later wrote to the director of the Australian Museum that he had stolen an extra one. When the Papuan Government learned about the theft, it confiscated several bullroarers and a spirit board for return to Kaimare. This incident may explain why the Assistant Government Anthropologist, FE Williams, left the expedition after only one week.

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