Image: Masked dancers, Kinomere village, Gulf Province, PNG

Masked dancers, Kinomere village, Gulf Province, PNG

Masked dancers at Kinomere village, Urama Island, Gulf Province, PNG. January 1923. V4776

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

Notes

The dance demonstration started inside the longhouse and then moved outside for the benefit of Hurley's cameras. Following custom, women and unitiated children could not watch the performance. Hurley and McCulloch tried to buy some masks, but the masks were needed for the ceremony. They were finally offered two old masks that no longer had ritual significance and were stored on the veranda of a family house. The masks were hastily repaired and repainted for sale.

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