Arts of Vanuatu

Cover Art for 9780824819569, Arts of Vanuatu by BONNEMAISON, J., KAUFMANN, C., HUFFMAN, K. & TRYON D. (editors)
ISBN: 9780824819569
Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr
Published: 1 June, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
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This prodigiously diverse and living culture has for its spiritual source a single traditional vision central to which is the fact that the world belongs not to the living, but to the ancestors. In Vanuatu art we have the construction of canoes and of standing slit-drums, the inventiveness apparent in the masks and mats, the aesthetics of dress, the raising of tusker pigs, the sharing out of sea-turtle meat, the symbol of the hawk representing the outward sign of the possession of the world through the eyes of the departed. This art, sacred in inspiration, takes root in the magic of each place and shore. Arts of Vanuatu is the first major contemporary anthropology work covering such a range of topics. It is also the first work covering the traditional art of the former South Pacific island colony of the New Hebrides.

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