Art as Contact with Ancestors: Visual Arts of the Kamoro and Asmat of Western Papua. This discussion of relationships between myths, ritual and artefacts is based on field study of the Kamoro and Asmat people of an extensive swamp area of Western Papua. Collections of their artefacts are also in museum collections in the Netherlands. The author's focus is on the relationship between the artworks and the myths and ideology of the Kamoro and Asmat people, whose ideas are not identical. Twenty-four illustrations complement the discussion of drums, mask costumes, ancestor figures, spirit poles and paddles, which are used to link rituals and mythical events and personages with the living, often in opaque and ambiguous ways. With myth summaries and references.
Art as Contact with Ancestors
AuthorsVan Der Zee, Pauline