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The Northeast coast and Tabar Island are the centre of the Malagan tradition.This is the only area which continues its ceremonies and carvings. Each Malagan has an ownership history and a story,sometimes a personal name,plus a complex of songs,chants,performances and ritual sites associated with it.Its design is old,but each carver reinterprets it. The malagan helmet mask (tatanua) are danced in pairs or by groups of line dancers.The sprirts of the ancestors come... [MORE]
The Northeast coast and Tabar Island are the centre of the Malagan tradition.This is the only area which continues its ceremonies and carvings. Each Malagan has an ownership history and a story,sometimes a personal name,plus a complex of songs,chants,performances and ritual sites associated with it.Its design is old,but each carver reinterprets it. The malagan helmet mask (tatanua) are danced in pairs or by groups of line dancers.The sprirts of the ancestors come onto the mask and the dancer during the ceremony.Only the strongest can wear the mask,perform properly and ward off sorcery spells from rival visitors.

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Based in Margaret River Western Australia with his wife Catherine and three kids Kalani, Tavian and Ayla, Russell Ord’s photography has evolved through experiences in and around the ocean; and...
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