Image: Re-grinding stone adze blade, Kerewa village, Gulf Province, PNG

Re-grinding stone adze blade, Kerewa village, Gulf Province, PNG

Man of Kerewa village re-grinding a stone adze blade, Goaribari Island, Gulf Province, PNG. January, 1923. V4233

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

Notes

By the time Hurley visited Goaribari Island metal tools had replaced those of ground stone. He persuaded an older man to demonstrate how to sharpen a damaged blade. 'After spending six hours on the grinding it showed very little improvement.' Traditionally the Goaribari people obtained these stone tools through trade links with people in the interior of Papua.

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