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

Kau longhouse exterior, Kaimare village, Gulf Province, PNG

Kau longhouse at high tide, Kaimare village, Gulf Province, PNG. October 1922. V4854

Photographer:
Frank Hurley
Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

Kau longhouse was under construction when Hurley visited Kaimare in 1921.

By October 1922 the building was finished and its entrance was blocked. This prevented women and uninitiated boys from seeing the men inside making new masks or repairing old ones for the ceremony to mark completion of the house.

In January 1923 Hurley wanted the Kaimare men to dance for his camera. They did so reluctantly, as it was not the right occasion and they were not ready.

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