POSTCARDS FROM OCEANIA 16
Slingstone from Guam - 1500 AD.
Government House, Suva, Fiji, 1920.
Canoe prow, Trobriand Islands.
Early Samoan image.
- A modern and beautifully made shell
currency from Malaita in the Solomon Islands. It is made from
approximately 75000 heishi type handmade shell beads spaced with
wooden spacers. Shell money in the Solomon Islands is used for:
The furnishing of the bride price and the blood money, the buying
of canoes, the payment of fees and fines, including redemptive
offerings to ghosts, as well as for buying of pigs and food.
- An early Samoan photograph. The lady kneeling
- in the centre is of high birth and is the
Tahitian dancers, 1963.
- An example of Samoan siapo (taupo)
made in the traditional style and comes from Apia, Samoa. The bark
from the Indian Mulberry tree is softened and formed (beaten and
bleached in the ocean) to make the "fabric". The traditional dyes
extracted from Polynesian plants are then painted upon the
surface. This design shown above is original and is of a type that
is very popular of the Pacific. Siapo is typically used today as
decorative pieces, wall hangings and often framed. In the old
days, siapo was used as the fabric for the Lava Lava of the elite
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