Image: Three young women, Manono, Samoa

Three young women, Manono, Samoa

Three seated young women wearing items of clothing often worn during dances and ceremonial occasions. Manono, Samoa, 1893. AMS318/V6007. Two women are wearing tuiga ceremonial headdresses worn by sons and daughters of matai(hereditary chiefs), printed barkcloth (siapo) skirts, and brightly coloured leaves. The younger girl on the left wears a necklace of sperm whale teeth('ula nifo) and holds a nifo'oti dance knife.

Reverend George Brown
© Courtesy of the Australian Museum


This image is from a large collection of photographs taken by Reverend George Brown during his work with the Methodist Mission in the Pacific Islands from 1876 to 1908.

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