Joseph Timbin

Country/Region: Papua New Guinea

Tribe: Suaru (Iatmul)

Village: Palembei Village, Middle Sepik River

The village of Palembei, blessed with great natural beauty, is also graced with two haus tambarans, a wealth of mastercarvers, and a number of young men learning the art. Joseph Timbin feels great pride that he heads a family of skilled carvers. Out of his family of five girls and six boys, Otto, Francis and Michael are already established mastercarvers; a younger son, says Joseph, is "up and coming."

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