WHERE SPIRITS DANCE – THE SPIRIT MASKS OF SOUTHERN NEW IRELAND PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
Manage No DI00000431 Country Republic of Korea Author Dr. Paul Wolffram, Associate Professor, Film Programme Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington Published Year 2020 Language English Copyright Attach File Preview (ENG)
|Description||In the south-easternmost region of the island of New Ireland in the Bismarck Archipelago above the mainland of Papua New Guinea, there resides an isolated linguistic group called Siar-Lak. The Lak people number approximately 2,500 to 3,000 speakers and survive mainly from subsistence horticulture supplemented by fishing and the sale of copra, cocoa beans, and other cash crops. The Lak have several masking and dancing traditions; the most significant is known as the tubuan or duk-duk. The tubuan practice involves a secret men’s society, secret grounds, and large spirit-figure masks. These seven to ten-foot conical masks also appear in neighboring linguistic groups, most famously among the Tolai people across the Saint George channel on the eastern tip of New Britain.|